International Media Seminar Series: Journalists at Risk in Egypt

Date: Thursday 19 January 2017

Time: 18:00 - 19:30

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Mark Wassouf, Mark Stephens CBE (Howard Kennedy), Roy Greenslade (The Guardian)


Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to host, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an International Media Seminar Series. The first seminar in our series will focus on 'Journalists at Risk in Egypt'.


In RSF’s recently released 2016 Worldwide Round-up report Egypt is mentioned as one of the four biggest jailers of journalists. In 2016, 27 journalists were held in Egypt and the suppression of news or information has taken a particularly disturbing course with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s regime persecuting anyone remotely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.


This first seminar on Egypt will consider what action journalists and media defence lawyers in the United Kingdom can take to protect themselves and colleagues in their work, and to assist fellow journalists in need. The seminar will involve contributions from journalists, bloggers and activists who have been imprisoned in Egypt or subjected to other measures to stop their newsgathering and journalism, including Peter Greste, Esraa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed Soltan.


Upcoming seminars also in this series will focus on:

  • Turkey (Thursday 9 February 2017); and
  • Russia (Tuesday 21 March 2017).


This is an invitation only event, if you are interested in attending please email

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