Egyptian publisher Hisham Kassem released after serving prison term in libel, slander case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 20 Feb 2024

Prominent Egyptian publisher and leading liberal political activist Hisham Kassem was released Tuesday from prison after completing his six-month sentence in a libel and slander case, according to his lawyer.

Hisham Kassem
File Photo: Egyptian publisher and liberal activist Hisham Kassem. Photo courtesy Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

 

In September 2023, a Cairo misdemeanour court sentenced Kassem to six months in prison for insulting former Minister of Labour Kamal Abu-Eita and fined him EGP 20,000. 

The court acquitted Kassem of another charge related to "disturbing the authorities."

An appeal court upheld the sentence on 8 October.

Kassem was a co-founder of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper and the Cairo Times.

He is the head of the trustee board of the recently-formed opposition Liberal Current.

In July 2023, Abu-Eita filed a libel and slander lawsuit against Kassem for a Facebook post that accused him of corruption.

The public prosecution questioned Kassem and ordered his release on an EGP 5,000 bail.

However, Kassem refused to post the bail, saying on X (formerly Twitter) on 20 August that he had been unfairly detained.

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