Amnesty International calls on the Egyptian authorities to release academic Ayman Nada
Amnesty International has called on the Egyptian authorities to release Cairo University media professor Ayman Nada, who has been detained since 25 September after he wrote about corruption at Cairo University and the Media.
“Media professor Ayman Mansour Nada has been unjustly imprisoned since September 25, after he wrote about the corruption of Cairo University and criticized pro-government media figures,” the organization said in a tweet on its Twitter page.
According to the organization, Nada indicated that he “was pressured to remove one of his articles and apologize to the authority to avoid detention. Demand his release now!”
The professor of media at Cairo University had published, last March and April, a series of articles entitled “Mules Media”, which he devoted to assessing the performance of a number of authority media stars at the present time, and included sharp criticism, which provoked stormy reactions from famous broadcasters. Those close to the regime, Nada was referred to the investigation, and the university suspended him from work.
In his most famous articles, Nada said that the Egyptian media “is a monstrosity whose job it is to be a ride for those who have money and power, or both,” noting that “the media of mules sometimes represents the role of an ambitious donkey who wants to achieve goals that he is unable to achieve, and he often returns defeated and wounded. “.
In the article, Nada spoke about the head of the Supreme Media Council, Karam Jabr, and accused him of failing to use his powers against those who had been insulted and slandered by the media earlier. When he makes the decision, he is helpless.”
The university professor also published an article entitled “The Time of Ahmed Moussa”, in which he criticized the lack of professionalism in the programs of some media professionals, such as Ahmed Moussa, and the performance of the Egyptian media based on receiving orders and indoctrination, which harms the image of the authority rather than embellishing it, as he described it.
The circulated pictures of the media professor at Cairo University Ayman Mansour Nada – during his presentation to the prosecution at the end of last month – sparked widespread anger on social networking sites in Egypt.
Pictures that spread on the communication sites at the time showed the head of the Radio and Television Department at the College of Information being handcuffed during the presentation to the Public Prosecution Office, and sitting on an internal staircase at the Public Prosecution office, awaiting its decision on him. Some believed that the leaking of photos was done with the aim of insulting the media professor, especially since filming is never allowed in the prosecution offices.
Some of them also called for the speedy release of Nada and the investigation of the communications and documents he submitted against the President of Cairo University on charges of corruption and waste of public money.