Egyptian PM: Arrests of journalists 'not allowed'
February 6th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Egyptian PM: Arrests of journalists 'not allowed'

CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) - Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told CNN Sunday that authorities have been told "not to bother" human rights activists and journalists working at anti-government protests.

If there have been such problems, they are "not intended," Shafiq told CNN's Candy Crowley.


Arrests of journalists and human rights activists "are not allowed at all," he said.

The government is listening to the ideas of those behind the demonstrations, he said.

Shafiq described conditions in Cairo Sunday as "extremely better than yesterday." He added, "Hopefully tomorrow will get better."

Though protesters are calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down immediately, the president has not changed his plan to remain in office until the next elections in September, the prime minister said.

"A lot of points must be covered before he leaves," Shafiq said, adding that the months ahead will make it easier for the government to "fulfill the mission" of preparing for new leadership.


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  1. Rev Mike

    Our police will not detain them but of course they point them out to payed thugs!

    February 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Luke

    "Our agents are not allowed to do bad thing, if bad thing is happening it is not our fault" – every authoritarian government ever

    February 6, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Hey Egypt – you should want journalists covering this historic time in your country. You are taking the next step to a real democracy and this is a proud and historic time for you. Let the journalists do their job. The better the reporting the more peaceful and civil the transition will be. These citizens in Tahrir Square are patriots who want what will make the best Egypt for all the people. Listen to them. They want to make Egypt an even better country for all. Let the journalists record this history for you. The more open it is the less likely radicals are to get any power. Start working on the transition and let Mubarak leave with some dignity. Make this a time of national pride and a transition done with peace and planning.

    February 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Marcus

    So either they (his subordinates) are not listening to him anymore or they never received said orders (which means that either he's being sabotaged or he's lying to us).
    Either way...

    February 6, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sarah Palin didn't know who was sleeping in her own house with her daughter at 3am but she knows what happens at Obama's house at 3am and in Egypt. If Palin wants to take "the low road" against our President then we'll show her how low we can go.

    February 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    He didn’t answer emergency law question first they have to lift the emergency law

    February 6, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Larry

    The real cause of the problem in Northern African countries like Tunisia and Egypt is forsaking their African roots. Traditionally the Arab world has significantly depended on trade with Sub-Sahara Africa for survival, and even Saudi Arabia used to be an extension of the of African mainland. They started being cut out of the map of Africa about 45 years ago, after oil wealth started flowing, and the Suez Canal was completed. If Egypt had stock to its African roots, it could have been the major engine of growth on the African continent, coming from the north, just like South Africa has been from the south. Clearly, oil wealth alone cannot sustain the Arabian world. Europe did temporarily absorb a lot of the highly educated North Africans. However, with Europe now flat on its stomach, a major outlet for this group is now closed.

    February 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |