Saturday, December 24, 2005

Egyptian Journalist Mona Eltahawy Questioned on Election Column

Egyptian Journalist Mona Eltahawy Questioned on Election Column

Mona Eltahawy's website

Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy's just-issued International Herald Tribune op-ed has been published. It argues that "our recent parliamentary elections with their paltry 25 percent turnout would have been roundly condemned by international observers had they been allowed to come and see how the state hijacked democracy." She has been regularly reporting on the elections and the accompanying problems.

This has caused disturbing repercussions. A source reliably familiar with the post-publication situation confirms that expressing this opinion has resulted in Ms. Eltahawy being officially summoned to the Egyptian State Security for a brief meeting in which a message was conveyed that she was in trouble and being monitored. Persons, especially outside Egypt, interested in the situation may consider noting their concerns to the following organizations.

The international association to protect writers:

American Centre: President – Salman Rushdie
588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York, NY 10012, United States of America

The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Ct. NW Washington DC 20008
Phone (202) 895 5400Fax (202) 244 5131