The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued media safety advisory guidelines for journalists reporting on next week’s Presidential elections in Egypt.
Next Monday and Tuesday Egyptians will vote to elect a new President between former army commander Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi. This will be the first Presidential poll since the ousting by the army of Mohammed Morsi last June.
His removal from office sparked violent protests, in which more than 1.000 protesters are believed to have been killed and up to 20.000 have been detained. Journalists also came under attack, with numerous incidents which resulted in 6 killings of media professionals.
The media crackdown also led to the closure of many media organisations close to the Muslim Brotherhood and many journalists have been detained, including four Al Jazeera reporters.
The IFJ is urging journalists and media staff who will be covering the Presidential election in Egypt to exercise greater care for their safety. The IFJ Media Advisory offers important tips to assist journalists which you can read HERE.
For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600 000 journalists