|Thursday, October 11,2007 08:51|
|By Magdy Mehanna|
I do not know who is the legal Genius who drafted the statement issued by the General Secretariat of the National Democratic Party in its meeting yesterday on freedom of expression in Egypt? The statement ended with the following question:
Did President Hosni Mubarak fulfill his promise to abolish the imprisonment penalty in crimes of publishing?
The Genius unanimously endorsed by the General Secretariat answered the question as follows:
It can be seen from all this that the President has fulfilled the promise to an extent that preserves the stability of society and its institutions. For freedom of expression is not absolute, but is committed to the principles of objectivity and the values of society, and should not demolish the rules of society and the foundations of its stability.
Thus, this Genius, together with the General Secretariat of the National Democratic Party and its righteous men, foremost of whom is Ahmed Ezz the Organizational Secretary, found the legal justification of the presidential promise that Safwat el-Sherif announced two years ago in the Press Syndicate on behalf of President Mubarak.
Believe me, this statement confiscates freedom of expression in Egypt and brings us back to the era of repression, because freedom will only be that permitted by Mr. Ahmed Ezz and the righteous leaders and symbols of the NDP.
Oh my! They want us and every free man in this country to fight the battle of freedom of the press and of expression again and bring us back to square one.
This will never happen even if half of the journalists went to prison, which would be more honorable for them than to remain silent on the unfair and unjust statement written by an unscrupulous person