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Egypt to criminalise insulting Jan 25, June 30 uprisings

President El-Sisi says he plans to issue a decree that bans 'insulting' the January 25 uprising and June 30 mass protests

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Dec 2014
Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Cairo May 14, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is to issue a presidential decree that "criminalises insulting the 25 January and 30 June uprisings."

The news was issued in a press release on Tuesday without providing more details.

The 25 January 2011 uprising ended the 30-year reign of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. 

The 30 June 2013 mass protests lead to the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

El-Sisi`s statement came after a court dropped charges of conspiracy to murder protesters against Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister Habib El-Adly and six security aides. 

Mubarak and business tycoon Hussein Salem were also acquitted of corruption charges. 

Many observers said the verdict was a sign Mubarak regime figures are regaining ground in Egyptian political life.

Critics said the media played a role in paving the way for the verdict by tainting the image of the January 25 uprising. 

In a meeting with young journalists on Tuesday, El-Sisi also said he would amend the criminal law in an attempt to fight corruption and preserve public money.

El-Sisi voiced support for a new political party that includes the youth and would “help them express their aspirations.”



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Aladdin, Alex
03-12-2014 03:04pm
I Agree.
During my recent visit to USA & Europe; I found that insulting a police officer is insult punishable by law Tahya Misr.
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George Allen
03-12-2014 07:43pm
Egypt is a jungle of ignorance, tyranny and barbarianism
I also discovered that the military there doesn't carry out a coup against a democratically elected president....also I discovered that the courts there don't issue 5000 death sentences against peaceful protesters. Also, I discovered that presidents there don't win elections by 99.99%
03-12-2014 07:08pm
Practical experience in Germany shows it's a question of nervs
If the police officer stays cool it's you who pay a fine. But in the case it's him or her who looses selfcontrol and e.g. spanks a biker so he/she is hospitalized this can cost the police offer 10,300 Euro.
03-12-2014 03:24pm
Insult and dignity
You mean dignity and pride is only for ruler,police and judiciary not for ordinary citizen..??? Which country law allows to insult any human being..? Is the constitution only guarantee the rights and respects of the ruling and elite class...? Is justice for only poice and rulers not for all...? You can only moved back if you make the justice selective and for ruling class.If Egypt ruling class,police and judiciary thinks they are above the law and no one can hold thme accountable for their wrong me Al quaida and IS no need to propagde their agenda are forcefully pushing the people to join hands with them.
Sam Enslow
03-12-2014 03:22pm
Not in US
While it is not the smartest thing to do, there are not laws against insulting US police.If the police react improperly they face both internal affairs and community review pannels.

03-12-2014 11:39am
Does this mean that the judge in the Mubarak's case, who wrote that the Jan 25 uprising was a conspiracy orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood (with the US, Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah!) can be indicted? It is already an insult to the intelligence of the Egyptians to say that the US and Israel would ally with the Hamas and the Hezbollah to destroy Egypt, but criminalizing all stupid statements would severely restrict the conversation...
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Sam Enslow
03-12-2014 11:34am
No activity carried out by Man is perfect. Both revolutions should be studied to better understand their causes and mistakes made by participants on all sides. Blind praise only hides mistakes. It doesn't make them invalid. Egyptians are sophisticated enough to criticise their own actions in order to advance to new heights. Care must be taken that insure honest evaluations are not classified as 'insults'.
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