20 January 2013

Egypt: 'The Crime of Insulting the President, a Crime of an Authoritarian Regime'

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Cairo — Report of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information on prosecuting the Journalists and Media-Professionals due to Accusations of Insulting in 200 Days


In the May of 1995, the Supreme Constitutional Court wrote lines from light in its judgment, which strongly support the freedom of expression, in which it includes:

"Therefore, it is logically and inevitably that the constitution shall be biased to the freedom of discussion and dialogue in all the matters related to the public affairs, even if they included severe criticism to the public officers. It is not allowed to anyone to silence a third party, even if it was supported by law. The force dialogue is a waste to the reason of the mind and freedom of creativity, hope and imagination. In any case the force generates awe between the citizens and the right to express their opinions, which could promote the desire to repress the freedom of expression. In addition to, it enhances the hostility of the public authority which opposes the freedom of expression which ultimately threatens the nation's security and stability ..."

However, as the former head of the journalists syndicate "Kamel Zohiry", one of the pioneers of the freedom of the press in his article in which he said in 2006, "it is natural, it wasn't naïve that the government an explicit, frank situation from the freedom of expression. In addition to repeal all the inherited penalties since the days of Cromer, Gorst, Boutros-Ghali, Tawfiq Nassim, Mohamed Mahmoud and Ismail Sidqi. Hence we start and the reform begins because defending the freedom of the press is defending the freedom of the homeland and the citizen".

Egypt revolted against Mubarak, against the regime of Mubarak; its old values and its 1corrupted dictatorship.

The Egyptians hunger for freedom, made them stay in the streets, they weren't afraid of the military courts of SCAF. They weren't stopped by the torture or the oppression were exercised against them by the military police ...

SCAF has left, but without punishment to any of its crimes, their impunity was a bad indicator to the rule of the first civil -elect president.

Severe violations against the freedom of expression, almost 40 blatant violations in the first 100 hundred days of the first elect-president in the history of the modern Egypt.

The reports and religion's defamation cases were increased.

In the second hundred days of his rule and before it ends, he had a new record in harassing the writers, journalists, newspapers and satellite channels by the charges that deemed to be stigma in the rule of any democratic rule.

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