Over 20 Egyptian newspapers halt publication to protest jailing journalists

October 7, 2007 12:39

More than 20 Egyptian independent and opposition newspapers were not on newsstands Sunday as part of an effort to protest the country's crackdown on press freedom. Opposition and independent newspapers editors and opposition party leaders called for the one-day strike after an Egyptian court last month sentenced the editors of four outspoken tabloids to a year in prison for defaming President Hosni Mubarak and his ruling party after they criticized senior officials in the government.

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