Cairo 14th September 2013: The Al-Jazeera TV is to take legal action in international courts against the Egypt’s military backed government for closing its offices, seizing equipments, jamming its transmissions and arresting its journalists.
The network said it also requested to the UN to make sure that freedom of expression and freedom of the press do not die in Egypt.
The network has been facing a crackdown by the military-backed authorities in Egypt since deposed President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown.
On September 3 a Cairo court ordered the network’s local affiliate to stop broadcasting, accusing it of hurting national security. Egypt’s military-led authorities also shut down three other television channels that have been accused of circulating Muslim Brotherhood propaganda.
“Al Jazeera cannot permit this situation to continue. The right of journalists to report freely in situations of this kind is protected by international law and is reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 1738 (2006),” a spokesman said.
“However, the new regime in Egypt has disregarded this fundamental right and seems determined to silence all independent journalism and reporting in the country, leaving only the voices of its own state-controlled media to be heard.”
“Al-Jazeera has instructed lawyers to take all steps necessary worldwide to ensure that its journalists can operate freely in the country without fear of arbitrary arrest, assault, jamming or other forms of harassment and intimidation,” the statement said.
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