No Free Press in Egypt

In June, a Cairo court sentenced 3 journalists seven to ten years each in prison. Similar sentences were passed on 17 other defendants– 11 of them in absentia.

More HereReporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders)

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Egyptian opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi hold up a poster of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on July 26, 2013 during a protest in Cairo. Tens of thousands of anti-Morsi supporters gathered in response to a call by the army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Egyptians to show their support for a security clampdown on “terrorism”. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Bad Timing for the US

Secretary of State John Kerry went to Egypt last weekend to renew US-Eqypt ties and to offer its new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, swift restoration of military aid. Unfortunately in less than 24 hours of Egypt’s aid being restored, a judge on Monday convicted three journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast ‘false reports’. One was sentenced to at least seven years.

Read more here: Egypt Convicts 3 Journalists; U.S. Is Critical – NY Times June 23, 2014

The Whitehouse responds: June 23, 2014