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Egypt: Four Editors Get Prison Terms, Fines

Egypt continues to imprison journalists and editors who publish stories critical of President Hosni Mubarak and other high officials, Human Rights Watch said today. The organization called on the government to repeal laws that allow authorities to imprison writers and editors solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. On September 13, a Cairo misdemeanor court sentenced four editors of independent and opposition newspapers to a maximum one year in prison and a LE 20,000 (Egyptian pounds, about US $3,500) fine for violating Article 188 of the penal code, which punishes any person who “makes public – with malicious intent – false news, statements or rumors that [are] likely to disturb public order.” Full Story

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