19 January 2013

Egypt: Record in Prosecuting the Journalists and Writers Due to the Accusation of Insulting the President in 200 Days

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), tomorrow, issues on Sunday January 20, 2013, a new report deals with the most violations against the media and the press during the first 200 days of Mohamed Morsi the president of Egypt. In which a new record has been set in prosecuting the journalists and media-professionals, by the accusations of insulting the president as it is quadruple the cases that took place during the term of the ousted president Mubarak for 30 years, 24 times the term of Sadat and more than all of the Egyptian rulers since working by this article that criminalize insulting the president in 1909, as it used to accuse the late "Ahmed Helmy" at the time of Khedive "Abbas Helmi II", at the first of its time.

The report, which is entitled "the crime of insulting the president, a crime of Authoritarian regime" in 12 pages. It includes an innovatory to all the prosecutions to the victims of article no. 179 of the penalty law, which applies on what is so could insulting the president. It includes an inventory of all the names of the victims of the media-professionals, citizens and journalists a long with detailed comparison with all the previous cases during the term of five presidents after independence; "Mohamed Najeeb, Gamal Abdul-Nasser, Anwar El-Sadat, Hosni Mubarak and finally Mohamed Morsi".

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