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CFJ Condemns BBC’s Arbitrary Suspension of Cairo Correspondent Sally Nabil Over Palestine Solidarity

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Press release

Geneva – February 19, 2024


The Committee for Justice (CFJ) has condemned the BBC’s management for its arbitrary suspension of Sally Nabil, the network’s correspondent in Cairo. The suspension allegedly stems from Nabil’s action of liking a tweet expressing solidarity with Palestine, leading to accusations of policy violation, social media misuse, and bias against Israel.

This isn’t the first instance of conflict between Sally Nabil and the BBC management. Last October, she, along with three other journalists, faced arrest for their solidarity with Palestine, either through publishing on the “X” website or by simply liking tweets in support of the cause.

Notably, Sally Nabil was previously targeted during the strikes organized by the committee representing the Authority’s employees in Cairo last year, where they were demanding wage adjustments.

The CFJ has condemned these measures as arbitrary and unjust, emphasizing the need for the BBC’s management to cease such actions against Sally Nabil immediately. The committee calls on the BBC to uphold the principles of freedom of expression as guaranteed by international conventions and covenants.

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