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Egypt's Morsi withdraws all legal complaints against journalists
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has dropped complaints against journalists he accused of defamation
Ahram Online, Wednesday 10 Apr 2013
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Egypt's Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

President Mohamed Morsi has ordered the withdrawal of all legal complaints lodged against Egyptian journalists, presidential spokesman Ihab Fahmy announced Wednesday.

Fahmy said at a press conference on Wednesday evening that the president's decision comes out of "respect for freedom of expression." 

The presidential office had denied in recent weeks filing legal complaints against any journalist.

In January, a report by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has shown that “insulting the president” lawsuits filed during the reign of President Mohamed Morsi exceeds those filed under all Egyptian rulers since 1892.

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. Journalist Ola El-Shafei, Youm7 editor-in-chief Khaled Salah, and Constitution Party co-founder Hossam Eissa, have all faced same charges late in 2012.

Meanwhile, lawyers supportive of President Morsi have also filed complaints against several Egyptian journalists and media figures, including popular Egyptian satirist Basssem Youssef, accusing them of defaming the president.

Youssef was questioned by the country's prosecutor-general on charges of insulting Morsi and Islam in March and was released on bail.

Islam Afifi, former editor-in-chief of Al-Dostour newspaper, is also currently on trial for insulting Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian.

The complaints against journalists critical of the president have raised concerns among critics for press freedom in Egypt.

Some critics say such complaints aim to intimidate media figures opposed to Islamist rule.





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moaez ismail
01-05-2013 06:44pm
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save egypt
People stealing electricity in ardellewa giza egypt And disturbing residense by wedding ceremony illegally on road wwith high volume music till late night Govt should stop this and take strict action.
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Proud Egyptian
10-04-2013 09:14pm
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Well done Mr.Prisedent
I take my hat off for your wise decision. This is the first step in the road to democracy.
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T
10-04-2013 08:55pm
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This ladies and gentlemen is politics at its best! He is trying to act like a forgiving saint, but in reality he shouldn't have been attacking journalists in the first place!!
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Almisry
10-04-2013 08:41pm
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Respected President Morsi
Well done Mr President, I was not expecting less than that. Our Egyptian journalist need to live in the west and see how journalists approach in their work. Journalists in the west have certain standards that they respect. Certainly they are patriotic. For example the media knew that Mr Tonny Blair was lying and was a mass murderer. They did not pushed him out of office nor helped stop the war or even ask questions about UK conduct. Before the Iraq war was instigated, it was jornalist Andrew Gilliham who reported that the infamous dossier, of 45 minutes, was sexed up, after interviewing Dr Kelly, the UK's chief scientists. Dr Kelly was assassinated by M15/16. Mr Gilliham lost his job at the BBC. to date he is on a low profile.
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Woundedknee
10-04-2013 08:12pm
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And how is that legal
If he's not the one who submitted them how can he withdraw them. Thought only the plaintiff could do that or the prosecutor general can decide that there isn't sufficient evidence and drop the case. Oh wait, what prosecutor general?
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T
11-04-2013 12:35pm
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Excellent point!
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donatella
10-04-2013 08:09pm
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morsi e i giornalisti
solo cosi puo arrivare la democrazia...Dio salvi l Egitto e gli egiziani
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