Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate
General Secretary Gamal Abdalrahim
The National Writers Union stands with you in your call for a national strike on June 10, to protest the mass dismissal of journalists in many media, the rampant job insecurity and the continued jailing of journalists. The ruling last May of Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court, that “striking is a crime and obeying superiors an obligation,” is a violation of Egypt’s constitution and negates all international conventions on labor laws and the right to strike, which have been signed by Egypt.
Journalists here face similar threats to our jobs and ability to make a living, without facing the extreme threats of mass jailing, for now. But the trend internationally is clear and unmistakeable. And we stand with you and all of our Sisters and Brothers in Egypt and around the world.