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TV sheikh gets year jail sentence for insulting Egyptian actress
Misdemeanour court sets bail at LE20,000 for Islamic preacher Abdullah Badr after he said actress Elham Shahin 'will never enter heaven' on his TV program on El-Hafez channel
Ahram Online, Monday 17 Dec 2012
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Sheikh Abdullah Badr (Photo: snapshot from Al-Hafez TV channel)

A Cairo misdemeanour court sentenced Islamic preacher Sheikh Abdullah Badr to a year in jail and set bail at LE20,000, for insulting well-known Egyptian actress Elham Shahin.

The popular actress filed a lawsuit last September against Badr after he criticised the actress during his TV show on El-Hafez channel, saying that "Elham Shahin is cursed and she will never enter heaven."

Shahin claimed Badr attacked her publically after she made a statement expressing her fear of the Islamic political current and said that she would not vote for Islamic political parties in the elections. 

In recent months, several public figures have filed lawsuits against religious preachers accusing them of defamation.

Last November, Masr El-Gedida TV host and Salafist preacherKhaled Abdullah, known for vocal criticism of liberals and protesters, was taken off the air for 25 days by Egyptian courts. 





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Faraz
18-12-2012 09:49am
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Freedom of Speech & Libel
Come on guys, let me tell you what’s freedom of speech & what’s slander,libel and hatred Freedom of Speech:= Any sort of street protest by liberals, secularist and felools, violently storming and torching opponents offices and killing opponents, mocking & spreading lies, rejecting ballots and legitimate mandate of elected opponents, mocking Islamic personalities ,teachings, and beliefs. Hatred, slander & Libel : = Any sort of retaliation by Islamists against secularist attacks, defending Islamic beliefs and teachings, stressing for democratic values and belief on ballot box, to respect majority of the public will and opinion. Hope no more debate now on definition of freedom of speech and hatred.
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medo
18-12-2012 08:24am
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LOL!
That's wonderful news! So so happy! Hopefully that will make people think before they say such things. The last time i checked there is just one person who decides if we go to heaven and it is not some fame hungry person! The only bad thing with this story is he will pay the 20.000le and not go to prison... Shame!
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Nora
18-12-2012 04:35am
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Islam prevents its followers of trample people's honour.
As a Muslim, I really do not like those who speak on behave of Islam and project hate of others. If the argument based on freedom of expression only, I have to agree with him, provided that he agrees not to speak on behave of the religion. There are multiple Hadiths and Ayats on this subject. May Allah forgive our sins.
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Good wisher
18-12-2012 01:03am
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Dictatership in the name of secularism
These so called secular only know believe in freedom of speech For themselve.
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ali
18-12-2012 02:15pm
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@Abu saif
None of the companion of the Prophet (saw) was a secularist! Secularism means rejecting the prophet (saw) teaching and principles in public ans political life. Anyone who reject the words of Allah(swt) and His messenger has committed a grave crime
Abu Saif
18-12-2012 10:57am
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Read this my brother
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “No companion of mine should tell me anything bad about another person. For when I meet you, I would like my heart to be clean (unbiased.)” Riyadh-us-Salaheen:1539
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ali
17-12-2012 04:12pm
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freedom of speech
Where is the so called freedom of speech these so called liberals try to protest for? Double standard is the name of the game for secualrist. Where are secularist and liberals who call for freedom of speech when it suit them not condemn the ruling in this case?
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ali
18-12-2012 02:18pm
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dont get wrong!
Dont get me wrong, Im not defending this guy for his slander. I making a point here those who defend freedom of speech when it suits them should condemn a ruling that attacks even hate speech
Taz
17-12-2012 11:10pm
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There is a difference between freedom of speech and defamation
In England is called "Libel law"and "diffamation" in France, is when you hurt someone by defamation or incitement. The U.S. has an absolute freedom of speech, but yet you'll be arrested if you cry "Fire" in a theatre.
k.
17-12-2012 11:04pm
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freedom of speech
Greetings ali, There is a difference between freedom of speech (the freedom to voice opinions) and slander/libel. Slander/libel makes a claim, expressly stated or implied, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation a negative or inferior image. Most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism. (note keyword: GROUNDLESS). Additionally, Article 17 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that No one shall be subjected to unlawful attacks on his/her honor or reputation. Hope this helps.
k.
17-12-2012 10:55pm
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freedom of speech
Greetings ali,
Saif
17-12-2012 09:46pm
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Really??
There's a difference between freedom of speech and hate speech. But you wouldn't know that.
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dude
17-12-2012 08:18pm
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are you kidding??
what on earth are you talking about? if someone so much as mentions the prophets or allahs name in a manner less than completely flattering he's lucky he doesn't get killed. teet for tat old boy! you want freedom of speech? play fair, its shouldn't be only you (or anyone!) who gets to decide what people can and cannot say.

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