Egypt May Not Be As Free Since Mubarak Outster One Year Ago

By: AP
By: AP

An Egyptian passes by a police checkpoint near the interior ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) -- Human Rights Watch says that the climate for free
expression in Egypt has worsened since Hosni Mubarak was ousted a year ago.

The statement on Saturday comes on the anniversary of Mubarak's
resignation after an 18-day uprising.

The New York-based rights group cited military trials of protesters and bloggers and the use of deadly force to break up demonstrations.

It also noted the interrogations of activists for criticizing the military, the suspension of new satellite television licenses, and the closure of an outlet of Al Jazeera television.

Deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch Joe Stork said
Egypt's ruling military council "seems to be unjustly prosecuting
journalists to obscure repeated brutality against the media by
security forces."

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