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Al-Masry Al-Youm journalist Abu Deraa to face military trial
Egyptian journalist Ahmed Abu Deraa will stand trial before a military court on charges of spreading false news on military operations in Sinai
Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Sep 2013
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Sinai-based reporter Ahmed Abu Deraa (Photo: Ahmed Abu Deraa Facebook page)

The military prosecution ordered Wednesday that Egyptian journalist Ahmed Abu Deraa stand trial before a military court Sunday, reported the privately-owned news website Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The prosecution accused Abu Deraa of deliberately publishing false news and rumours that contradicted statements by the armed forces on operations against militants in North Sinai. He is also accused of photographing the Suez Canal and other sites that civilians are prohibited from photographing, in addition to trespassing on military lands without a permit.

Abu Deraa is an award-winning journalist who has reported for leading private daily Al-Masry Al-Youm as well as private satellite channel OnTV.

He was referred to military prosecution last Thursday and given 15 days in detention pending investigations into charges of broadcasting false information about the military, communicating with "terrorist groups" in Sinai, filming military property and provoking the armed forces.

Protests were held in Cairo on Saturday and Monday to demand the release of Abu Deraa.

The Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate issued a statement shortly after Abu Deraa's detention, calling on the military to release information on the reasons for his arrest, and to facilitate the job of journalists. The syndicate also called for journalists to be exempt from military trial.

Reporters without Borders (RWB), an international watchdog on press freedoms, has demanded the "immediate and unconditional release" of Abu Deraa.

According to an RWB statement published Friday, Abu Deraa's arrest came the day after Al-Masry Al-Youm published articles that exposed "violations" committed by the armed forces against civilians in Sinai, including the reported shelling of the village of Al-Moqataa, in which four civilians were injured.





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Al-Misry
12-09-2013 06:55am
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Support Islamist against Coup is the Only Solution
Al Masry Al Youm supported wholeheartedly in favour of massacres committed by coup leaders agains TERRORISTS as they called innocent and an unarmed civilians. What is now clear for you is that Mubarak is alive and his system functioning to the fullest.. April 6 offices were raided. Liberals are been arrested.. And violated. You either sit back and relax until they knock down your front door or be counted for and join or support forces against the coup. Islam is the solution.
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Farah
11-09-2013 08:51pm
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the price of fascism
This is the price of fascism. Silencing press freedom, arresting and imprisoning people without charge or trial ....and murdering innocent people and then claiming they committed suicide!
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Jon
11-09-2013 07:32pm
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Outlawing critisism
"The syndicate also called for journalists to be exempt from military trial." The reason for this presumably being that military trials are not real trials. Their only functions is to approve the the military authorities' wish to rid themselves of critics. Although we are back to a state of emergency, the trial of civilians for military courts should stop immediately.
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