Egyptian journalist jailed over reports on Mubarak

September 28, 2008 17:18


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An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday upheld a guilty verdict against an outspoken journalist for writing stories questioning the president's health and sentenced him to two months in jail. The verdict has been condemned by local and international rights groups who describe it as part of the ongoing curtailment of freedom of expression in Egypt. Ibrahim Eissa was convicted by a lower court in March of publishing false information about Mubarak's health when he wrote that the 80-year-old leader occasionally lapsed into a coma. The judges said at the time that the series of articles were a threat to national stability, and caused jittery foreign investors to flee the country. Eissa was then sentenced to six months. State Security prosecutors appealed the verdict, arguing it was too light. But on Sunday, the court reduced the sentence further to two months.

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