Egypt: Journalism

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Egyptian counterpart on the imprisonment of (a) Ahmed Gamal Ziada, (b) Mahmoud Hussein (c) Ismail Alexandrani, (d) Hisham Gaafar and (e) other journalists in that country.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of recent reports of the imprisonment of these individuals and of other journalists in Egypt. We are very concerned about restrictions on media freedom in Egypt. Our Ambassador in Cairo has therefore raised several of these cases and our wider concerns with the Egyptian Assistant Minister for Human Rights on 21 February.

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