Egypt aiming for “record number of journalist arrests” on World Press Freedom Day
CAIRO: The Egyptian government is looking to celebrate today’s World Press Freedom Day by breaking the world record for number of journalists arrested, according to reports.
“Obviously everyone has heard about the Al Jazeera staffers who have been imprisoned here for months, but we want to show the world that we’re much than just a few incarcerated reporters,” said a source.
“Over the next 24 hours, Egyptian officers will be out in force arresting not just political reporters, but film critics, motoring journalists, restaurant reviewers, travel writers… even people who review mobile phone apps. We want this to be a day the whole country can get involved with, so are urging people to keep their eyes peeled for any sign of journalism. Should you see someone updating their fashion and beauty blog, inform the nearest policeman and they’ll be immediately thrown into prison on trumped up charges of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood!”