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Journalist Bishoy Armia given 5 years in jail for inciting sectarianism

Journalist who made waves in 2008 over his public conversion to Christianity is accused of misrepresenting Christian oppression

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Jun 2014
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Egyptian journalist Bishoy Armia (Photo: courtesy of united copts website)
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A court in Upper Egypt has sentenced journalist Bishoy Armia to five years in prison and a fine of LE500 for inciting sectarian strife, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported on Monday.

Al-Ahram said the defendant – originally named Mohamed Hegazy El-Sayed – was also sentenced for "depicting Christians as suffering from sectarian oppression" and reporting the "misinformation" to a US-based television channel called The Road.

Armia was arrested in Upper Egypt's Minya in December after clashes between Muslims and Christians in the city following a controversial relationship between a Muslim girl and a Christian.

The 32-year-old journalist made headlines in 2008 when he lobbied to have his religion changed on his national identification card from Islam to Christianity, after converting and subsequently changing his name from Mohamed Hegazy to Bishoy Armia.

 

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expat
23-06-2014 09:53pm
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where is freedom of thought/thinking?
this country is most likely somewhere between middle age and stone age,when it comes to citizen rights...and all under the rule of a single religion its a mans right to think about his faith and to coose,whats best for himself! i understand,that the slaveholder,thief and big boss of kharawan robbers thought otherwise and gave instructions in a book,which couldnt have written,as he was not able to write at all get a live,muslims,get a live or stay for the next 500 years,where you belong under this circumstances under this circumstances,by the way,all your exported brothers/etc will soon come back from europe,as we will kick them out,as they are just submarines for the MB one way or another
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Noura
26-06-2014 12:10am
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Expat: you can not malign Islam under the pretext of hostility to MB
He that malighns Islam is not really interested in freedom and liberty, he is spewing hatred.
Bubbly
25-06-2014 09:11pm
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Freedom of thought and thinking
bJust a kind reminder, this is the same judiciary, same regime, same CC to whom we provided our shoulders to bring him into presidential palace.This is the same constitution when passed we were clapping and celebrating.This is the same judiciary when they were sending islamists we are clapping and praising them for their Justice.So why now craying...? Why our Pope and charuch are criminaly silent..?

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