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Freedom for Journalist Amira Malsh
Freedom for Journalist Amira Malsh
The Arab Organization for Support of Civic Society and Human Rights expressed its deep concern over the ruling by Giza Criminal Court on March 7, to sentence Amira Malsh, a journalist with the independent weekly newspaper al-Fagr, to a year in jail and 10.000 pounds fine for allegedly libelling a judge in a story on a bribery investigation.
Sunday, March 12,2006 00:00
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The Arab Organization for Support of Civic Society and Human Rights expressed its deep concern over the ruling by Giza Criminal Court on March 7, to sentence Amira Malsh, a journalist with the independent weekly newspaper al-Fagr, to a year in jail and 10.000 pounds fine for allegedly libelling a judge in a story on a bribery investigation.

According to Reuters, Malsh was sentenced after a single trial session, which only lasted few minutes, and without listening to the arguments by her defense team. Two weeks earlier, another journalist Abdel-Nasser El-Zuheiri was also sentenced to one year in prison by another court for libelling former housing minister Ibrahim Suleiman. In both cases, the reporters were convicted for stories they published on corruption cases

On its part, the Muslim Brotherhood condemns the Egyptian government intimidations of journalists and judges and other elements of the Civic Society in general.

The Muslim Brotherhood also renew its call to the government to act on the president’s promise to abolish all court rulings issued against journalists in what is called “ Publications’ Crimes” by freeing Malsh and all other prisoners of opinion.

tags: Freedom of Speech / Journalists / Civil Society / Human Rights / Al-Fagr / Press Freedom
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