Leila Fadel http://wfae.org en Egyptian Journalist Trial Is Long On Jail Time — But Short On Proof http://wfae.org/post/egyptian-journalist-trial-long-jail-time-short-proof Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Cairo today, three journalists with the al-Jazeera English channel were back in court. They're accused of being terrorists and spreading false information and it's a case causing international condemnation. The journalists have now been in jail for more than 100 days, part of a wide crackdown on Islamists, critics of the government and the press.<p>NPR's Leila Fadel was in the courtroom today and joins us now. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 48753 at http://wfae.org Egyptian Town Reeling Over Mass Death Sentence http://wfae.org/post/egyptian-town-reeling-over-mass-death-sentence More than 500 people in Matea, Egypt, have been sentenced to death. On one street alone, a juice store owner, a sweets shop owner, a doctor and more than 20 others have been condemned. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 47908 at http://wfae.org In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds http://wfae.org/post/egypt-defendants-are-being-tried-hundreds Egypt's legal system has already been under scrutiny with a raft of high-profile cases that include two ousted presidents and scores of activists. And a new wave of international criticism is building after an Egyptian court sentenced 529 men to death after a two-day trial.<p>The judge sentenced the men for the killing of a police officer. They were also charged with arson, inciting violence and other crimes in the province of Minya, just south of Cairo.<p>The <a href="http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47423#.UzLq0a2Sw_c" target="_blank">U.N. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 47840 at http://wfae.org In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds Egyptian Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters To Death http://wfae.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-529-morsi-supporters-death Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In Egypt yesterday, a criminal court sentenced 529 people to death over the killing of a police officer. The verdict has been described as unprecedented and humanitarian critics say the two-day trial that preceded it was a sham. Here's NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Human rights groups call the mass death sentences the most severe verdict they've seen in modern history. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 47630 at http://wfae.org A View On The Torture And Terror Of Egyptian Prisons http://wfae.org/post/view-torture-and-terror-egyptian-prisons Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Egypt, the prisons are overcrowded. Prisoners sleep back-to-back in packed cells as the military-led government rounds up its suspected opponents. First, Islamists were being detained, accused of terrorism, then secular activists, and now many others, as neighbors inform on one another. The Egyptian government makes no apologies for the arrests and denies accusations of torture. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 47438 at http://wfae.org In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day http://wfae.org/post/egypt-new-courtroom-drama-every-day Not one but two ousted presidents are on trial. In cages. As are a group of journalists from the Al Jazeera satellite channel. Then there are the countless activists facing charges that are widely seen as politically motivated.<p>If you like courtroom dramas, Egypt is the place to be these days. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 46916 at http://wfae.org In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day Impatient With Change, Libyans Begin To Leave http://wfae.org/post/impatient-change-libyans-begin-leave Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Three years ago, Libyans began a revolution that toppled the regime of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. Today, their country still teeters between chaos and the emergence of a new state. Crime, violence and power outages are part of daily life in Libya. But many Libyans had had enough. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45950 at http://wfae.org Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army http://wfae.org/post/outmanned-and-outgunned-libya-struggles-fix-its-broken-army In Libya, disputes are settled by guns.<p>On a recent day, just west of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, gunfire erupts, a battle between two families. It builds for hours; people run for cover. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:36:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45818 at http://wfae.org Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army Journalists On Trial In Egypt On Terrorism-Related Charges http://wfae.org/post/journalists-trial-egypt-terrorism-related-charges Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Journalists involved in a high-profile trial in Egypt made a brief and dramatic appearance in a Cairo courtroom today. The Egyptian government has been restricting press freedom, and it accused these journalists from the Al Jazeera network of terrorism, apparently because they were trying to interview members of a banned opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>NPR is, by the way, among several dozen news organizations that signed a petition calling for detained journalists to be released in Egypt. We're also keeping an eye on this case. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45422 at http://wfae.org Looking Back On Libya: 'We Were Naive' About The Challenges http://wfae.org/post/looking-back-libya-we-were-naive-challenges In 2011, I crossed the border with other journalists into a country that had been cut off from the world for 42 years. We had no idea what to expect as we entered what the rebels were calling "Free Libya."<p>Where before there had been oppressive security, instead what greeted us was a motley group of ecstatic young men with guns who welcomed journalists to the land they'd liberated. There was no passport control, no rules and a sense of relief that the world would finally hear their stories.<p>They showed videos of atrocities committed by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's men. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45199 at http://wfae.org Looking Back On Libya: 'We Were Naive' About The Challenges