A decisive week for the freedom of expression in Egypt
|Sunday, October 21,2007 09:09|
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said today that this week is full of trails that will have a great effect on the freedom of opinion, expression and press in Egypt.
Huwaida Taha: a producer journalist in Aljazeera, produced a documentary about torture in Egypt, she was accused by the security services of publicizing false information detrimental to the country"s reputation. She was sentenced on May 2007 to 6 months in jail and 10,000 pound bail and 20,000 pound fine. Her laptop, cellular phone and videotapes were confiscated.
Judge Abdelfattah Murad: a judge in Alexandria court of appeal, copied without permission tens of pages from a report http://www.hrinfo.net/reports/net2006/ belongs to the Arabic Network for Human Rights information. When the incident was uncovered, he filed a number of lawsuits against the Arabic Network, news websites and other blogs, also uncovered the incident, for causing harm to Egypt"s reputation in his attempt to hide his assault on the intellectual property.
Ibrahim Essa: an Egyptian journalist and the editor in chief of the independent Aldostur. Essa is well-known for defending the freedom of expression and practicing his right to political criticism. Security services fabricated cases against him; the last case was about publishing rumors about the president"s health and caused damage to the economic interests in addition to 8 cases filed by lawyers accusing Essa of publishing false news.
Judge Mahmoud Hamza: an Egyptian judge who suffered a violent physical assault launched by the security services in 2006 during the movement of the Egyptian judges backed by the public , and who demand the independence of the judicial authority in Egypt. The police officers who are accused of committing that assault are under the protection of the Egyptian government.