27 November 2012

Egypt: Shoura Council Insisted On the Exclusion of the Editor in Chief of 'Gomohria' Newspaper and Did Not Execute the Rules of the Administrative Judiciary

press release

Cairo — ANHRI condemns the decision of the Shoura council to oust Gamal Abdulrahim from his post as "Editor in Chief" to "Gomohria" newspaper and to appoint "Sayed Babaly" in his place in violation to the decisions and judgments of the administrative court.

Shoura council has issued through its general committee yesterday on November 26, 2012 a decision of ousting Abdulrahim from his post, as Editor in Chief of Gomohria which is issued by Tahrir publishing house and being replaced by "Bably", despite the decision of the administrative court in the state council "November 13″ to cancel the decision of his ousting.

ANHRI said that "the insistance of the Shoura council and its ignoring to the decisions and judgments of the administrative court deemed to be a serious indicator to the draw of the majority toward tyranny and subject it to its political interests, as it did apply to the judicial monitor which is one of the most important tools to achieve the balance between the state authorities targeting protecting the rights and interests of the citizens from the any political faction who could dominate the legislative and executive authorities"

ANHRI added that "the decision comes in the context of increasing the violations against the press and media which include subjecting what is so called publishing crimes to the jurisdiction of the exceptional protecting the revolution prosecution established by virtue of law no. 96 of 2012. This law grants the new appointed general attorney to be solely confine the defendants due to these crimes for periods could reach six months in a clear coiling to the new amendments of revoking the pending custody in the publishing crimes.

ANHRI asserted on that "the severe assault against the freedom of the press in Egypt portend of storming all what the press strugglers have achieved supported by the human rights civil organizations during all of these years before 25 of January, amid and after it. Therefore, the related authorities have to realize that the freedom of the press, media and freedom of opinion and expression which were obtained after severe conflict with the old regime and would not be easy to be taken by the regime which ruling by the name of the revolution, that called for freedom as untouchable principle".

ANHRI called the Shoura council to revoke its decision which is considered to be a serious violation against the rule of law and calls it to be abide by the decisions and the administrative judgments of getting back Abdulrahim to his post. ANHRI repeats its calls to liberate the national newspapers owned by the Egyptian people from the domination of the political authorities of the state through constitutional guarantees that grant the press and media institution the independence and allow it to exercise its role as window for the people to monitor the authorities.

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