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Update: Trial of Al-Dostour chief editor adjourned to October

The trial against Al-Dostour Editor-in-Chief Islam Afify on charges of insulting the Muslim Brotherhood's Essam El-Erian has been adjourned to mid-October

Ahram Online, Monday 3 Sep 2012
Islam Afifi
Islam Afifi, editor-in-chief of the Al-Dostour opposition newspaper (Photo: Reuters)

The trial of the Editor-in-Chief Islam Afify of Al-Dostour newspaper has been adjourned to 15 October, following a hearing session that took place early Monday.

Afify is accused of defaming Essam El-Erian, the acting chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political wing.

At the start of the trial, the misdemeanour court in Dokki where the trial is being held was very packed with supporters of Afifi.

On 21 June Al-Dostour newspaper, which is known for its anti-Brotherhood coverage, published an article that many found provocative in which they accused the top leadership of the Brotherhood Khairat El-Shater and Essam El-Erian of cooking up a massacre in Egypt if their candidate, Mohamed Morsi, failed to win the presidential race in run-offs against Mubarak-era minister, Ahmed Shafiq.

The article's headline was "The Massacre of the Century... In Egypt!"

A number of journalists are now facing similar charges for either insulting the president or the Muslim Brotherhood, such as; Editor-in-Chief Abdel-Halim Qandil of Soot El-Uma; Editor-in-Chief Adel Hamouda of Al-Fagr newspaper and television host Tawfiq Okasha.


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