Congressman Schiff on Arrests of Egyptian Journalists
“I am deeply troubled by the arrests of Mada Masr journalists Lina Attalah, Rana Mamdouh, Beesan Kassab, and Sara Seif Eddin in Egypt. This is yet another move by President el-Sisi to curtail the fundamental freedoms of Egyptians and a blatant disregard of the basic tenets of a functioning democracy.
“Around the world, independent media outlets and the journalists who write for them bravely cover those in power and expose corruption, despite the target it puts on their backs. These four Egyptian journalists are no different. Their charges should be dropped immediately – reporting on party politics is never a crime, and the United States must forcefully condemn any government’s efforts to silence a free and fair press.”