BBC makes formal complaint to Egyptian authorities following assaults on journalists

MUMBAI: UK pubcaster The BBC has made a formal complaint to Egyptian Minister of the Interior, Habib Al-Adly, following assaults by members of the Egyptian security services on four journalists, two of whom work for the BBC.

The assault was made in full view of uniformed Egyptian security service officers who did not intervene. The attack occurred a few days ago in the Egyptian capital Cairo. It followed the meeting of the General Assembly of the Journalists' Syndicate. The meeting was being covered by the BBC.

In the unprovoked incident, a car containing four journalists - including BBC staff journalists Dina Samak and Denna Gameel - was deliberately blocked by a taxi. Five men in civilian clothes left the taxi and surrounded the car. They were joined immediately by at least another 10 attackers who were waiting in the street.

The attackers broke the front windscreen and a side window while verbally abusing the occupants. Two of the party were then dragged from the car and subjected to an assault. The attack took place in full view of uniformed security service officers who did not intervene. One of the victims, journalist Karim Al Shaer, was badly beaten. He was subsequently taken away in a police car and is still in detention.

The journalists filed a complaint with the local police. A complaint has also been made by the Journalists' Syndicate to the Attorney General but, so far, there has been no response or indication that an investigation has been launched.

This incident follows another assault by a uniformed member of the security services on BBC journalist Mohamed Taha in November last year. In that case the BBC received a formal apology from the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK, Gehad Madi.

The BBC runs a major production centre in Cairo because of its eminent position in the Arab world as a diplomatic centre and cosmopolitan centre of culture and learning.

BBC World Service head Middle East, Africa jerry Timmins has called on the Interior Minister to investigate the incident and to give his assurance that the BBC can continue its legitimate business of journalism.

He writes, "Over the past decades the BBC has been made to feel welcome in Egypt and we truly value the presence and the relationships we have established in your country. Incidents like these recent attacks sit uncomfortably against this backdrop and I have to be concerned at the level of hostility some of our journalists have encountered recently.

"I would like your assurance that you will investigate this latest incident and that the BBC has your support in going about our legitimate business of journalism."

This incident comes in the same week as the detention by police of freelance journalist Larmine Chaim in The Gambia. Chaim, who contributes regularly to the BBC's programmes for Africa, is being held without charge in the Gambian capital of Banjul.

Latest Reads
Sunny Leone in Discovery JEET’s show Man Vs Wild

Sunny Leone will be displaying her adventurous side as host of the mega-popular survival series Man Vs. Wild. The iconic series will telecast in Hindi on the soon-to-be-launched GEC Discovery JEET. The new GEC will premiere in the second week of February 2018 and the series will feature the...

Television TV Channels GECs
Times Now appoints Sujeet Mishra as marketing head

Times Network, part of India’s media conglomerate, The Times Group today announced the appointment of Sujeet Mishra as head of marketing, Times Now.

Television TV Channels People
Experience space with BBC's new VR experience

The BBC is giving you a chance fly. Home - A VR Spacewalk is an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience launched today for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, and is available to download for free via the Steam Store and the Oculus Store.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Sony BBC Earth presents the Best of 2017

Sony BBC Earth revisits some of its most popular episodes of the best shows in a special programming line-up titled Best of 2017 starting 18 December 2017, every night at 7 pm and 11 pm.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Increased revenue from traditional media boosts Shemaroo numbers

Integrated media content house Shemaroo Entertainment Limited (Shemaroo) reported 18.3 percent higher year-on-year (y-o-y) consolidated total revenue for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 (Q2 FY 2017-18, the quarter under review) stood at Rs 1,345.7 million as compared with Rs 1,138.6 million in...

Television Production House Film Production
21st CF spins-off into new live news & sports co Fox

MUMBAI: After the blockbuster acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, the former has announced that it will spinoff into a new brand Fox’ that will seek to replicate its own success in the newly focussed verticals of live news and sports brands. Using fiscal 2017 as a base, the...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
With Star India, Disney emerges as India's largest M&E firm

MUMBAI: Unlike the US, where the merger of The Walt Disney Co and 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets is between two near equals, the scenario in India is totally different. 21st Century Fox’s India venture Star India is a $1.7 billion dollar media and entertainment behemoth while Disney India...

Television TV Channels People
Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets for $52.4 billion

The Walt Disney Co has set up a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
MOVIES NOW brings #StopDreamingAndStartWinning with 100 Mania Season 5 for its viewers

Movies Now, India’s english movie channel, rings in the festive season with its property ‘100 Mania’, beginning Friday, 15 December at 9pm. In its 5th season, the channel has curated a line-up of some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like Furious 7, Jurassic World, Disney’s The Jungle Book,...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories