PPF concerned over ill treatment of detained journalist in Egypt

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PPF concerned over ill treatment of detained journalist in Egypt

Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, expressed concern over the denial of visitation to journalist Badr Mohamed Badr in Tora Prison, by his lawyer and family even for medical treatment.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government to respect the rights of Badr to meet visitors and right of prisoners to receive health care facilities.

According to Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Badr has been suffering from liver and heart diseases in addition to breathing problems since his arrest, but authorities have not permitted visitations even for his treatment that has put his life in danger.

On 29 March 2017, police arrested Badr after storming his office in Faisal neighborhood in Giza. Supreme State Security Prosecution interrogated him into the case no. 316 of 2017 (State Security), accused him of joining an unlawful group, and ordered his pretrial detention, which is being renewed until now.