Journalist Rasha Azab faces charges for criticising Egypt's ruling military

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jun 2011

Journalist Rasha Azab is summoned before military prosecution as backlash for writing on alleged human rights violations by Egypt's ruling military

Al Fagr newspaper journalist, Rasha Azab is accused of libel by Egypt's ruling military, who claim she published incorrect information with the aim to incite public opinion against them.

Azab, as well as Adel Hammouda, the weekly paper's editor in chief, have been summoned by military prosecution Sunday morning (the start of the work week in Egypt) after Azab published an article in which she detailed the alleged violations by the military police against the protestors in March. Azab claims that she, herself, was subjected to torture last March.

Tens of activists and journalists gathered today in Nasr City outside the military prosecution headquarters in solidarity with Azab and Hammouda.

The protestors condemned the summoning of the journalists, clamouring that it compromises freedom of speech, especially that this is not the first time that a journalist is questioned by the military.

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