Sunday, May 04, 2008

Dream team of editors appeal postponed until June 7th

The appeal of the four editors, Eissa, Qandil, Hamouda and Ibrashy was postponed until June 7th, when the case was up in the Giza appeals court yesterday. The four was originaly tried in September 2007 and the one-year prison verdict among other similiar verdicts at the same time, triggered a opposition press strike. The reason for the prison sentence was as is quite common in cases against journalists, spreading false information that could harm the public order.

Yesterday was the international press freedom day, and a negative verdict would perhaps not be in the best of Egypt´s interest, especially the day before the state is under scrutiny, due to the general strike, called by parts of the opposition on the birthday of the President. although one has to remember that this has not stopped the Egyptian judiciary from celebration press freedom day in their own way. A year ago, Huwaida Taha was sentenced to six months in prison on that very day.

To be continued...

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