Pompeo urges Egypt to respect freedom of press after journalist detentions

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a information convention on the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 20, 2019. Information/Francois Lenoir

WASHINGTON (Information) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday known as on Egypt to respect freedom of the press, days after Egyptian safety forces raided the workplace of unbiased information web site Mada Masr and briefly detained three of its workers.

“As a part of our long-standing strategic partnership with Egypt, we proceed to lift the elemental significance of respect for human rights, common freedoms, and the necessity for a strong civil society,” Pompeo stated in a information convention.

Rights activists say Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has overseen an unprecedented crackdown on freedoms in Egypt since he took energy in 2014. Sisi and his backers say the measures are wanted to maintain Egypt secure and to counter threats from Islamist militants.

Mada Masr is one in all Egypt’s final unbiased information retailers publishing crucial tales after years of tightening controls on media and arrests of journalists and bloggers. Its web site, which carries tales in Arabic and English, is blocked in Egypt.

On Sunday, Mada Masr stated Egyptian safety forces raided its places of work and briefly detained three of its workers, together with its prime editor, and confiscated their laptops and telephones. All three had been later launched from a neighborhood police station, it stated.

Final month, the U.N. human rights workplace known as on Egypt to free a distinguished blogger, a lawyer and a journalist, all of whom it stated had been mistreated in custody.

They’re amongst a number of thousand individuals who activists say have been detained following uncommon protests towards Sisi in Cairo and different cities in September.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot