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Egypt's Sisi signs anti-terrorism law

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Aug 2015
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(File Photo) President Sisi poses with members of security forces (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi signed into law a controversial anti-terrorism legislation which was drafted by the cabinet in early July, Ahram Arabic news website reported on Sunday evening.

When it was first issued, the draft legislation stirred strong criticism within the Journalists Syndicate and among media workers, who claim the bill would curtail press freedoms. Article 33 had threatened a minimum two-year sentence as punishment for "reporting false information on terrorist attacks in Egypt which contradict official statements."

The cabinet, a month ago, agreed to scrap jail sentences under Article 33, but replaced them with hefty fines between LE200,000 to LE500,000 (approximately $26,000 to $66,000). The amendment didn't soothe critics since a fine within that range would be beyond the means of many journalists.

The contentious article has become number 35 in the final draft of the 54-article law, which has been effective upon ratification.

Some legal experts have argued that several articles of the law could be easily dubbed unconstitutional.

Amid criticism, Ibrahim El-Heneidy, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Transitional Justice, defended the government's right to issue such a law given Egypt's "war against terrorism."

Bomb attacks have surged in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, with militants affiliated to the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for major bombings.

In the absence of parliament, El-Sisi has held legislative authority. But once elected, not before next year, the parliament must review all the laws issued by the president within 15 days.

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Allen
17-08-2015 08:02pm
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The best leader Egypt has ever had.
Introduced and implemented major economic projects that will give dividends for his people for years. Cleaned up Egypt from its Muslim brotherhood terrorist cancer infestation. Only those that want to harm Egypt by placing explosives to kill Egyptians and to destroy power grids from the Muslim brotherhood terrorists can't handle President Sisi's success and effectiveness.
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Sam Enslow
17-08-2015 07:22am
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Unconstitutional?
Will anyone take this law to court to challenge it on constitutional grounds? Who can do this? I am a champion of free press, but I have seen little journalism in Egypt, especially investigative reporting. Every media outlet seems full of talk shows either supporting in screaming matches President Sisi or screaming against him. Facts count for little. This can be found in other countries, but it helps no one, even the one being supported. But you cannot protect freedoms by limiting them. Limit freedoms, and you become like those you say you are fighting against. In Vietnam, there was a sick saying, 'We destroyed the village in order to save it.' We will beat you with a stick because if we do not, they will. There is always a 'they.' Cavafy wrote 'Waiting for the Barbarians', Alexandria's poet understood Egyptians.
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Masry
17-08-2015 08:12pm
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Sam ever heard of FOX news
Ever heard of the patriot act after 911? ever heard of rendition?Ever heard of guantanamo bay? if the USA the land of the free and home of the brave can take extra ordinary measures to fight terrorism based thousands of miles away what do you expect Egypt to do surrounded by terrorist in Libya in Gaza within its borders the IKHWAN and their military wings.the jouralist in the USA were trying to out do each other with how patriotic they were. how big their american flag pins
Masry
17-08-2015 08:04pm
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Sam ever heard of FOX news???
Ever heard Patriot act after 911???? Ever heard of Rendition? So the USA the land of the free and home of the brave took extra ordinary action when fighting terrorism . what would you like Egypt to do sorounded by terrorist in Libya in Gaza and from within the brotherhood and their armed wings. Every journalist was
Farhan
17-08-2015 12:58pm
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No civilized country has laws to prosecute journalists unless those Journalists are promoting violence or revealing state secrets
Egypt is no different from North Korean regime of Kim Jong.
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Simon
17-08-2015 03:39am
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The Right company
If Mr. Sisi wants to send the right message to the Egyptian Public and the International Community, he should take his photo op with Farmers, Factory Workers, Students, and Journalists; not army Generals and dooms-day police forces. Let’s remind the President that there is much more to Egypt than Army, Police, and Courts; or this what’s left of the Government supporters!
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Farhan
17-08-2015 12:56pm
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Right message by murdering thousands of innocent unarmed protesters
What a leader, not any different from terrorist Baghdadi.
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