Media banned from filming Mubarak on courtroom stretcher
Ahram Online, Wednesday 1 Feb 2012
Censorship of Mubarak trial ratcheted up, as authorities impose ban on media coverage of Mubarak on his stretcher


Authorities have banned the filming and photographing of toppled president Hosni Mubarak whilst he is being carried on a stretcher in and out of court, following a complaint by the former strongman.

This lastest media ban marks the second during the course of Mubarak's trial, following the latter's complaint. The first case occured in July 2011 when Judge Ahmed Rifaat announced the trial would be broadcast live on state TV. However, after Mubarak's lawyers complained, following the first session, cameras were banned from the court room.

Mubarak is being tried on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 25 uprising that ended his 30-year reign.

His two sons Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, along with former interior minister Habib El-Adly and six of his aides, are also on trial. The sons for corruption and the latter for allegedly ordering the killing of protesters.

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