Egypt Media Roundup – Jun 3, 2014


Legal & Political Institutions

The new parliamentary elections law, which grants approximately 80% of the parliamentary seats to individual candidates, has alienated political groups, particularly the small pro-revolutionary groups, who say the new system cuts them out, and have threatened to boycott the elections altogether. [AhramRead More..

Gender & Sexuality

23 young male students were arrested in Sohag for secually harassing their female classmates during an exam. No reports have been released as of yet, concerning whether the boys will be charged under the new sexual harassment law. [Ahram, Daily News EgyptRead More..

Rights & Freedoms

The families of detained political prisoners, Abdullah Elshamy and Mohamed Sultan, held a press conference at the Journalists’ Syndicate in Cairo to call for the immediate release of the two, who have been detained since August 2013 and on hunger strike for over 100 days. [Ahram, Mada Masr] Read More..


Legal & Political Institutions 

 Tamarod movement to become official political party 

Youm7: [AR] Tamarod discusses formation of Popular Movement political party

In this article: Ramy Salah, a member of the central committee of the Tamarod movement has stated that the movement is in the process of going through the appropriate legal proceedings to become a political party. The movement will make an official announcement in the days following Sisi’s official election to presidency.

 Former governor of Minya plus 95 others referred to criminal court for August riots 

Egypt Independent: Former Minya governor, 95 others referred to criminal court

In this article: 96 Muslim Brotherhood members were referred to a criminal court on charges of involvement in August 2013 riots. The south Minya prosecution referred the group, which includes former Minya governor Mostafa Eissa, and Diaa al-Moghazy, the former vice president of Minya University, and other former government officials to the court as well.

 28 sentenced to life, 15 to three years for pro-Morsi protest in Fayoum 

Aswat Masriya: Egypt slams 28 to life sentence, 15 to three years

Mada Masr: 28 fugitive MB members given life sentences in Fayoum

In this article: 28 supporters of former president Muhammed Morsi were sentenced to a life sentence, and 15 to three years, for violating Egypt’s protest law during a protest last November in Fayoum. They are also accused of terrorizing citizens, disrupting the peace, arms possession, and belonging to an illegal group.

Rights & Freedoms

 Safwan Mohamed, arrested for ‘No to Military Trials sticker’ released due to lack of viable charges 

Yanair: [AR] Man arrested for ‘No to military trials’ sticker released

Ahram:Egyptian activist Safwan Mohamed released in Alexandria

In this article: Safwan Mohamed, who was arrested over the weekend for having a sticker attached to his person that read “No to Military Trials” was released from custody. Mohamed, a prominent political activist, was allegedly released because authorities did not have real charges against him. His lawyer stated, “Possessing a sticker that reads ‘No to military trials’ or chanting ‘Down with the military’ are not real charges, but rather demands that can be made by any citizen.”