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Egypt's top prosecutor urges staff to adopt apolitical attitude on social media

Prosecutors have been told not to take political or social stances on social media, including not ‘liking’ posts

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 May 2016
Nabil Sadek
Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Sadek (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Sadek has urged prosecution members not to talk politics or show any political inclination on social media websites.

A regular booklet issued to public prosecution members warned against "blogging about political events on social networking sites or applications."

"It has been noted recently that some prosecutors blog on current political events in the country in breach of judicial regulations on not manifesting political views or commenting on them in a manner that undermines the prosecution's impartiality and prestige," read the booklet which was issued on Tuesday.

The booklet, the sixth this year, called on prosecutors not to "like pages, news or comments" involving political content or "whatever signifies support to a certain political belief or party."

Prosecutors are also asked not to accept friend requests on social media networks unless the identification of the person sending the request is verified to avoid communicating with suspicious individuals and to "preserve prosecution's solemn mission and sanctity."

The booklet also encouraged prosecutors against publishing investigation documents on social media and asked them not to give comments to media on cases they are probing.

 

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