Chief Editor Jailed for Slamming President

In a serious precedence and a threat to the Egyptian reform movements, an Egyptian court Monday June 6th ,2006 issued a one year sentence against al Dostour Chief Editor Ibrahim Essa on charges of criticizing President Mubarak.

In a statement to Ikhwanweb following the ruling, Essa said “This is the first trial on such a charge since the July 1952 Revolution, as this law was enforced only at the royal dynasty when lese majesty led to prison at the time” This shows, Essa says, that the Egyptian regime has become too opinionated and no longer accepts any actual opposition or criticism.

He added that this ruling is a message to all reform advocates in Egypt, pointing out that the trial was a farcical one as the claimant who lodges this lawsuit has no jurisdiction in this claim, in addition to several irregularities which marred the image of judiciary in this trial. Essa wondered that this ruling comes at a time when the journalists call for rescinding the law of jailing journalists on classified information or reports they obtain from their own sources, which confirms the regime is not for reform or opening the door for a free press.

It is to be mentioned that the political arena these days witnesses the trial of another three journalists on charges of publishing a blacklist of the judges who played a role in rigging the recent parliament election.     

Related Topics:

Journalists Slam Egypt Press Freedom Bill
The Media Line – New York,NY,USA
Mubarak Fails To Silence Egyptian Editor
New York Sun – New York,NY,USA
Egypt passes controversial judicial reform
Legalbrief (subscription) – Durban,South Africa
Presidents in perpetuity
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
’The battle is not over’
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
Back to square one
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
Not yet, thanks
Economist (subscription) – UK
This season’s footwear
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
Parliament Comes Down on Judiciary
Inter Press Service (subscription) – Rome,Italy
EGYPT: New law does little to liberalise judicial system, say Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
Egypt: Journalists’ Sentencing Draws Angry Reactions – Washington,USA
Egypt parliament passes bill to strengthen judiciary
Attack on independent press in Egypt
Human Rights Education Associates (press release) – Cambridge,MA,USA
New Egyptian law on judiciary leaves reformers disappointed
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Egyptian Editor Gets Year in Jail for Insult
Voice of America – USA
Egypt justice law ’disappointing’
BBC News – UK
Jailed activists released in Egypt – London,UK
Egypt’s judges have struck a major blow for real democracy
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
EGYPT: Journalists’ sentencing draws angry reactions
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
Egyptian blogger is ordered released
AP via Yahoo! News Tue, 20 Jun 2006 11:07 AM PDT
Egypt draft publications law threatens freedom of pres
Egyptian Liberal Ayman Nour Attacks Mubarak’s Intention to
Middle East Media Research Institute – Washington,DC,USA
AKI – Rome,Italy