August 13, 2016
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) denied illegally funding Egyptian human rights lawyer Gamal Eid, director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), amid the slew of accusations he faces in the case publicly known as the ‘NGOs foreign funding’ case.
“Among the accusations prosecutors have leveled against the veteran free-expression advocate is the false claim that CPJ paid him to defame Egypt internationally,” the organisation said in a statement Friday.
Eid is among other civil society workers under prosecution for accusations of receiving funds illegitimately from foreign organisations, as authorities decided to re-open the infamous case from 2011 which had led to the departure and closure of several foreign NGOs in Egypt.
The prosecution accused Eid of receiving $50,000 in international funding to spread ideas of democracy and human rights on the internet. According to an interview with Daily News Egypt in April, a state crackdown campaign was targeting 12 organisations, mostly comprised of NGOs working in advocacy, women’s rights, and development.