In the Year 2004 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced that no journalist should be sentenced to prison for “publication offenses.” Nevertheless, seven journalists and chief-editors were sentenced to two-year prison sentences in September 2007 for allegedly misquoting the Minister of Justice’s statements, and for writing about Mubarak’s health condition.
On September 28, 2008 an Appeals Court sentenced Ibrahim Eissa, the Chief-Editor of the independent Newspaper Al Doustour, to two months in prison for articles published in his paper in August 2007 indicating that President Mubarak may have fallen ill. Apparently it is now a crime to write about the president’s health condition.
FREEDOM FOR IBRAHIM EISSA!
FREEDOM FOR ALL EGYPTIAN JOURNALISTS!