Officials: 3 Egyptian journalists sentenced to prison

September 24, 2007 17:14


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A Cairo court on Monday sentenced the editor and two journalists of an opposition newspaper to two years in prison for allegedly publishing false news about the country's judiciary. The court also ordered Anwar el-Hawary, the outspoken editor of Al-Wafd daily newspaper, Mahmoud Ghalab and Amir Salem, to pay 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($894) in bail and a 2,001 Egyptian pound ($358) fine, a judiciary official said on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the press. El-Harawy said he did not publish false information and will appeal the sentence. "The regime's stupidity has no limits. It's unbelievable," el-Hawary told the Associated Press in a phone interview. "The war they are waging against us (journalists), they will lose it no matter what they do, and we will win it even without effort."

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