Mubarak pardons journalist who published reports on president's bad health

October 6, 2008 18:51

President Hosni Mubarak has pardoned a newspaper editor sentenced last week to two months in prison over reports about the Egyptian leader's health. The pardon was announced Monday in a press release from Mubarak's office. Ibrahim Eissa was convicted by a lower court in March of publishing false information about Mubarak's health when he reported that the 80-year-old president was ailing. A Cairo appeals court a week ago upheld the guilty verdict and sentenced Eissa to two months. The verdict has been condemned by local and international rights groups which describe it as part of ongoing curtailment of freedom of expression in Egypt.

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