Concern about freedom of the press in Egypt

Published under: Solberg's Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“I am deeply concerned about freedom of the press in Egypt. A free press is essential for democratic development. The arrest of both Egyptian and foreign journalists raises questions about the way freedom of the press is being practised in Egypt,” said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

“I am deeply concerned about freedom of the press in Egypt. A free press is essential for democratic development. The arrest of both Egyptian and foreign journalists raises questions about the way freedom of the press is being practised in Egypt,” said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian prosecuting authority charged 20 Al Jazeera employees and journalists, including several foreign nationals, with offences that are punishable with long prison sentences. In recent weeks, a number of other Egyptian and foreign journalists have been arrested or subjected to threats and violence.

“The Egyptian authorities should reconsider their decision to prosecute journalists. Those arrested should be released. It is crucial that the media can report on events without fear for their own safety. This is the authorities’ responsibility,” said Mr Brende.