Newspaper editor spared prison by presidential pardon

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa October 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor spared prison by presidential pardon February 6, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Organisation to go further President Hosni Mubarak yesterday pardoned Ibrahim Issa, the editor of the opposition weekly Al-Dustour, who was sentenced to two months in prison 10 days ago for reporting rumours about the president’s supposedly failing health. The government news agency MENA said the president issued the pardon “to affirm his solicitude for freedom of opinion and expression.” “This decision puts an end to an iniquitous judicial procedure that lasted more than a year and unsurprisingly concluded with Issa getting a jail sentence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hail the president’s gesture but it is not an adequate response to all the many problems that the privately-owned press face in Egypt. Mubarak cannot continue avoiding the need for legislative reform to decriminalize press offences.”Issa told Agence France-Presse he welcomed the pardon but went on to stress that Egyptian journalism today “suffers from an arsenal of laws that negate freedoms.”The two-month prison sentence was imposed by an appeal court on 28 September when upholding Issa’s conviction on charges of disseminating false information liable to cause unrest and harm the country’s reputation under articles 171 and 188 of the criminal code. The prosecution was brought against him following a complaint by a member of the ruling National Democratic Party. He was initially sentenced to six months in prison.During the original trial, the prosecutor tried to prove that Al-Dustour’s reporting had resulted in the withdrawal of several hundred million euros in foreign investment from the Egyptian stock exchange. Government commissions were even asked to evaluate the impact of the articles about the president’s health.On the same subject:30.09.2008 – Editor gets two months in prison, amid no sign of progress in civil liberties three years after Mubarak’s reelection Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff President Hosni Mubarak yesterday pardoned Ibrahim Issa, the editor of the opposition weekly Al-Dustour, who was sentenced to two months in prison. “This decision puts an end to an iniquitous judicial procedure that lasted more than a year. Mubarak cannot continue avoiding the need for legislative reform to decriminalize press offences,”Reporters Without Borders said. center_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Logo : © AFP Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alerts Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more