The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
Banning the printing of Cairo Times and Middle East Times
4 June, 1998The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses (EOHR) its deep concern about banning the publication of the English- language Cairo Times and Middle East Times in the free zone on Tuesday 2 June 1998. Mr. Hisham Qasim, the publisher of Cairo Times, told EOHR that he had received a notification form the head of the board of directors of the print house that prints his journal saying that Mr. Ibrahim Fawzy, the head of the investment authority, told him that this ban is based on instructions by the minister of information. The publisher then called the censorship office in the ministry of information which told him that the decision made by the cabinet, allowing banned journals to resume publication, does not involve Cairo Times because it is "a political" publication. They also told him that the head of censorship on foreign publications made this decision. The Officials in Middle East Times were not immediately available to comment on this decision. It is worth mentioning that the head of the investment authority has made the decision 175 (a) for the year 1998 last April, banning printing newspapers and magazines published in all languages in the free zone. This has led to banning the printing of 32 publications. In the middle of May1998, the Prime Minister issued a decision canceling that previous decision, allowing the newspapers and magazines to be published again. But is seems that this decision did not prevent making new decisions banning the above mentioned newspapers. EOHR considers the last decision a continuation for the governmental attack on the freedom of the press in Egypt. It appeals to the authorities to revise this decision in a manner that guarantees the Freedom of Expression as stated in the international conventions ratified by Egypt. It also calls all the institutions of the civil society to consolidate against this fierce attack on the freedom of press in Egypt.
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