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In July 4th, 2019 the Organization had monitored appearance of the Egyptian journalist “Yousri Mostafa” at the Supreme State Security Prosecution under the supreme state security case No. 441 of 2018. The Prosecution charged him of joining a group established contrary to the law and constitution. The Prosecution ordered to be detained for 15 days pending investigations.
“Yousri” had been disappeared for more than 80 days after being arrested from Cairo Airport on 16 April 2019 while going to perform Umrah. During this period his whereabouts were unknown until he appeared at the Supreme State Security Prosecution.
According to his family, “Yousri” contacted his wife after half an hour of his flight to tell her that the National Security authority banned him from leaving Egypt. Then he went out of reach. Later, they submitted missing records, there was no response.
Yousri works at a Saudi website named “Tawasol newspaper”. According to the fmaily; he has no political activity. 6 years ago he worked for the Freedom and Justice newspaper.
The organization condemns the violations against the journalist “Yousri Mostafa” which started with enforced disappearance due to his work as a journalist. This indicates the collapse of press freedom in Egypt and affirms the results of the press index of “reporters without borders”
The organization, also, calls on the Egyptian authorities to abide by the international instruments ratified by Egypt, most notably: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Egyptian authorities must free “Yousri” because there are no charges against him.