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More 'insulting president' lawsuits under Morsi than Mubarak
Prominent rights lawyer Eid says number of lawsuits for 'insulting the president' during President Morsi's first 200 days in office is higher than during Hosni Mubarak's 30-year reign
Ahram Online, Sunday 20 Jan 2013
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Gamal Eid
Gamal Eid, Attorney and human rights activist (Photo: Reuters)

There were four times as many 'insulting the president' lawsuits during President Mohamed Morsi's first 200 days in office than during the entire 30-year reign of former president Hosni Mubarak.

This is the claim made by Gamal Eid, human rights lawyer and executive director of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).

Moreover, the number of such lawsuits during the Morsi era is more than during the entire period dating back to 1909 when the law was introduced (originally for 'insulting the king'), Eid said via Twitter.

Members and sympathisers of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which President Morsi hails, have allegedly used the accusation to intimidate opposition figures in the media.

In early January 2013, Islamist lawyers filed a lawsuit against political satirist Bassem Youssef for 'undermining the standing of the president' after he poked fun at President Morsi's speeches and put his image on a pillow. The charges were dropped before the case reached court.

In December 2012, the president's office accused psychiatrist Manal Omar and TV host Mahmoud Saad of insulting the president on the latter's programme Akhir Al-Nahar. They discussed the psychological effects of suppression and jail on those in power, with reference to President Morsi who spent seven months in jail during the Mubarak era and was detained for three days during revolution.

On Monday, ANHRI will issue an in-depth report on the issue called 'Insulting the President…A crime of an Autocratic Regime'.

The report will trace such lawsuits filed during the tenure of Egypt's five presidents, and will include the names of those put on trial, including journalists and grassroots activists.

The first person to be charged with 'insulting the king' was the journalist Ahmed Helmy, grandfather of Egyptian artist, poet and cartoonist Salah Jahin, in 1909. The most recent was Gamal Fahmy of the independent Tahrir newspaper in January 2013.





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Shadi
04-04-2013 12:09pm
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Nonsense
First of all, how many lawsuits were filled by the presidency? Secondly, during Mubarak's era anyone who insulted the president was taken away, WITHOUT lawsuits. Something the author of this article deliberately left out.
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Cornel West
21-01-2013 10:15pm
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2013, when will these people get it together...
Praying for Egypt. This is absurdity.
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Tamir
21-01-2013 01:58pm
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This is what i call democracy
So people of Egypt said muslim brotherhoods are the best and respect the revolution and this article clearly proves that point doesn't it and i tell you there is more to come the dark days are still to come, am i mistaken that a egyptian citizen is now only allowed 3 loaves of bread and the october bridge is there any lights on that i think there isnt. welcome to the state of the Muslim brotherhoods and you know what, there is more to come.
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al hollandya
21-01-2013 10:06am
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you want democracy you get democracy only after 60 years dictatorship people get what they missed.
at 2013 is that very normal behaviour .
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Saeed Soltanpour
21-01-2013 05:48am
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the wrong conclusion
Hi while statistic wise the law suit has increased , however, can any body or nay newspaper editorial or article could criticize ex dictator Husni Mubarak or to write and talk free. it is natural reaction after so many years of censorship , the government and the inteelcutual has to show more restrain and mutual respect . trying to have more dialogue than assumption and conclusion. I am not an Egyptian or an Arab however , so many people are watching the democratization of the Egypt. and some do not like a democratic Egypt. pls be vigilant and act responsible. Journalist- Canada
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Prof. Abdalla
20-01-2013 07:25pm
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to prison directly
just because at the dictator's time people were taken directly to prison
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Nora
20-01-2013 06:25pm
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Morsi and the media
I think that Morsi has received, in his 200 days, more insult than all of those have governed Egypt combined. The media has moved from giving expensive gifts and licking Mubarak toes into 24 hours micromanagement of Morsi. The media wants to be above any law, where spreading rumours and false information is acceptable. Mubarak's money is used through the private media outlets to bring more instabilities.
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Tamir
21-01-2013 05:35pm
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What????
No darling Morsi is a dictator and you your self in a couple of years will be cursing him.
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Nora
20-01-2013 06:25pm
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Morsi and the media
I think that Morsi has received, in his 200 days, more insult than all of those have governed Egypt combined. The media has moved from giving expensive gifts and licking Mubarak toes into 24 hours micromanagement of Morsi. The media wants to be above any law, where spreading rumours and false information is acceptable. Mubarak's money is used through the private media outlets to bring more instabilities.
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medo
20-01-2013 05:06pm
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2013??
WOW! That's really terrible!
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jeebu
21-01-2013 02:36am
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Mubarak KILLED people. Morsi is using the LAW as it is in Egypt. I see no "human rights" issue. Americans should be used to the "sue everyone and everything" mentality by now.

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