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Egypt interim leader vows to end imprisonment of journalists

Interim president Adly Mansour says new law abolishing imprisonment of journalists in publishing violations will be drawn up by legal advisor

Ahram Online, Wednesday 10 Jul 2013
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Interim President Adly Mansour has vowed to end the imprisonment of journalists, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The maximum penalty in publishing infractions will now be a fine.

The new law will be referred to the president's legal advisor for formulation.

Mansour met with a Journalists Syndicate delegation on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues including the jailing of journalists.

According to syndicate member Hisham Younis, Egypt's interim leader said, "As a judge, my conscience does not allow me to imprison those who disagree with me. The laws restricting freedoms implemented by the last two regimes should be abolished."

The syndicate issued a statement in March accusing Mohamed Morsi of launching a campaign of "intimidation and incitement" against journalists.

Morsi was removed by the Egyptian army last week following nationwide protests.

Interim President Adly Mansour, who was head of the High Constitutional Court, was sworn in on Thursday.

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Jay Gee
10-07-2013 05:55pm
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Good luck to the Egyptians
what a wonderful thing to have done A good start to what promises to be a wonderful future for the Egyptians You are showing the world something serious I hope it all works out for you all
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Dr. Malek Towghi --USA
10-07-2013 05:47pm
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To make space for ....
"Egypt interim leader vows to end imprisonment of journalists" to make space for the millions of Morsi voters !
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