Head of UN agency defending press freedom denounces murder of Egyptian journalist
“Journalists must be able to do their job without fearing for their lives. This is key for upholding the right to freedom of expression, one of the pillars of democratic society.”
Ms. Ashraf, 22, worked for the Egyptian daily Al-Dustour. According to the non-governmental organization Committee for the Protection of Journalists, she was shot in the head while covering a clash between Egyptian police and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, Cairo, on 28 March.
Recent months have witnessed growing threats and attacks on members of the media in Egypt, with the UN human rights office (OHCHR) urging the authorities to investigate reports of violence against them and to promptly release all journalists imprisoned for carrying out their legitimate activities.