Egypt court overturns 4 journalists' prison terms

February 1, 2009 11:26


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Egyptian state-owned media reported that an appeals court has overturned prison sentences given to four editors in 2007 for defaming the president and senior members of his ruling party, including his son. Sunday's newspapers reported that each editor must still pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,600). A lower court in Cairo in September 2007 sentenced the editors, all running a new generation of brash, tabloid-style newspapers, to a year in prison for reporting on Mubarak's health and criticizing his associates. Those sentenced included Wael El-Ibrashi of the weekly Sawt Al-Umma, Ibrahim Eissa, editor of the daily Al-Dustour, Adel Hammouda, editor of Al-Fagr weekly and Abdel Halim Qandil of the weekly al-Karama.

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