Monday, October 15, 2007

In Egypt, Debate on Press Freedom Follows Imprisonment of Opposition Press Editors

Recently, Egyptian courts handed down prison sentences for editors of Egypt's opposition press for publishing material against senior government officials. These rulings have sparked public debate over freedom of the press in Egypt; the debate is also fueled by unconfirmed reports on the declining health of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Human rights organization, the Egyptian Journalists Association, and the convicted editors themselves have condemned these rulings, calling them an attack on freedom of expression. In an interview, President Mubarak stated that he believed in freedom of the press, and reiterated his promise to abolish prison sentences for journalists provided that they act according to professional ethics and with sincere intent to safeguard national interests.

Articles in the Egyptian government press in support of these court rulings claimed that the issue concerned boundaries that the journalists should not have crossed, and that court decisions must not be interfered with. Other articles were critical of the rulings, on grounds that they contradicted democratic principles.

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1 comment:

William said...

An issue of a human rights violation in Egypt was just raised with us this morning. A Western girl was studying in Cairo and living in a Cairo suburb. She went out at night as a Westerner would. A malignant neighbor raised a complaint with the police that she was engaged in prostitution. She was asked to leave the country or face arrest. She came to us for help. But what do you say in such circumstances?