Freedom of the Press

Egypt's muffling of news media is an outrage

Egypt's muffling of news media is an outrage

In sentencing three Al Jazeera television journalists to three years in prison for crimes that look suspiciously like committing journalism, an Egyptian court has ruled in direct contradiction to international human rights and press freedoms. That an American ally — and the recipient of $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid — perpetrates such outrages makes the circumstances even more appalling.

Egypt, of course, isn't the only country that seems to think muffling the media is sound policy. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian remains in a Tehran jail on espionage-related charges — which observers have dismissed as unfounded — as an Iran revolutionary court...