×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Al-Jazeera Taking Legal Action Against Egypt

Complaints are being filed in international courts and at the U.N.

Al-Jazeera is taking legal action against Egyptian authorities, claiming that its journalists have been arrested without charges and harassed in past months, its London-based lawyers announced Thursday.

The Qatar-based network said in a statement on its website that since deposed President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in July, an unspecified “large number” of its journos have been arrested either without charges or on what it calls politically-motivated charges.

Al-Jazeera said it had hired London-based legal firm Carter-Ruck, specialized in international law, to take action in international courts and before the United Nations.

Al-Jazeera is also accusing Egypt’s military and police of attacking its journalists and says that some of its offices have been closed and its transmissions jammed.

The pan-Arab network earlier this month complained that its satellite signals had been blocked following its coverage of Cairo’s crackdown on Islamists.

“Al-Jazeera cannot permit this situation to continue,” said a network spokesman in a statement released by its legal team.

“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.”

“Al-Jazeera has instructed its lawyers to take all steps necessary worldwide to ensure that its journalists can operate freely in the country, without fear of arbitrary arrest, jamming or other forms of harassment and intimidation,” he added.

The network said that authorities were trying to silence dissenting voices so that “only the voices of its state-controlled media” could be heard.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera is founded by the Gulf nation’s ruling family which is a strong supporter of  Morsi. Its Arabic service stood out among other Gulf nations in condemning Egypt’s deadly crackdown on pro-Morsi demonstrations.

In July more than twenty Al-Jazeera Cairo-based staffers reportedly resigned in protest against what anchor Karem Mahmoud called its “biased coverage” of the events unfolding in Egypt.

Egyptian authorities and local media have also accused Al-Jazeera of biased reporting of the military action that toppled Islamist Morsi amid plenty of support from the local populace.

More TV

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

  • Jussie Smollett The Black AIDS Insitute

    Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges

    After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information in the case. Police no longer consider the men to be suspects. “Due to new evidence as a [...]

  • GOTHAM: L-R: Guest star Cameron Monaghan

    TV News Roundup: Fox Drops 'Gotham' Final Season Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, Fox released a new trailer for an upcoming episode of “Gotham” and Disney has announced the cast for its upcoming “High School Musical” series.  FIRST LOOKS Showtime released a new trailer and the official poster for the upcoming fourth season of “Billions,” premiering March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In [...]

  • Chris Rock

    Chris Rock to Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot at NBC

    Chris Rock has come onboard to direct the NBC single-cam comedy pilot “Saving Kenan,” Variety has learned. Rock will also executive produce the pilot, which stars “SNL” mainstay Kenan Thompson. Thompson will play a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives [...]

  • Peak TV Saturation TV Placeholder

    Apollo Global Management Buys Majority Stake in Cox TV Stations

    Private equity giant Apollo Global Management has cut a deal with Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises to buy a majority stake in Cox’s 13 TV stations as well as three newspapers and a handful of radio stations in Ohio. Apollo has been in the hunt for broadcast TV stations for some time. Cox’s station group, which includes [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content