Award of the Sakharov Prize 2011:
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 14/12/2011 First transmission: 14/12/2011
- Interviews with Asmaa Mahfouz (Egypt)
Asmaa Mahfouz' call to join the small group of protesters and stand up to oppression was strong. Her video and posts on Twitter and Facebook helped motivate thousands to descend into Cairo's Tahrir Square in February 2011 and call for freedom and human rights. She later told journalists that she received death threats after her video became popular. But that hasn't stopped her. In August, she was arrested for "insulting the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces" which has controlled Egypt since Hosni Mubarak's fall. She was released on bail after country-wide protests.
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||Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot)
||Introduction shots, (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Asmaa MAHFOUZ, (Laureat of the Sakharov Prize 2011), Egypt: "For a long time the image of Arabs, the image that was being exported to the Western Media was that of terrorists, illiterates, a very negative image. The Arab Spring has made it clear who is the youth, they showed that Arab youth is proud or being Arabs and how they aim is to fight for freedom and Human dignity and the Sakharov Prize is a recognition that the Arabs want to achieve that in the best way possible, but in a peaceful way. They are being attacked but still they want to change the image from a negative image to a positive image. "
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Asmaa MAHFOUZ, (Laureat of the Sakharov Prize 2011), Egypt: (on how the EU could help) -
"I think that the intervention of the European Union is essential and important in order to stop the blood shed in all the regions of Egypt, the local and international media only focuses on the capital Cairo, however there are direct conflicts with the army, with the military policy and with the security forces in all the government districts. Real bullets, also rubber bullets are being used; I think it is important to start investigations about the use of the toxic gas. And may be the EU can try to stop the export of weapons and help in that sense that they are not used against Civilians. Also we need to put pressure on the regime in order to stop the violence by the military police against civilians, I expect a lot, until now investigation in cases of the people who had been killed should have started the 25th of January, but they have not been done. We have had violent events with the Copts, this has not been investigated, we had the Mohamed Mahmoud events where people were protesting against the rule of the SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces), and so we hadn't had any investigations, any trials. There is no rule of law and I think we can achieve this by putting pressure on the Military Council in order to do investigation and trials. "
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Asmaa MAHFOUZ, (Laureat of the Sakharov Prize 2011), Egypt: "The situation in Syria is quite worrying and sad. We as Egyptians we do support activists in Syria, we are very proud of them; we know they have a heavy price to pay, but freedom is expensive. As much as the price is high, as much as the future is going to be better, I do expect a better future for Syria and the Arab world that had been witnessing all these revolutions. I think that we have institutionalised a new meaning, the meaning of Humanity, irrespective what your homeland is or what your religion is, it is the right of a Human being to live in freedom and democracy, I think that my generation and the following generation is going to be proud what had been achieved."