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Inter Press Service (IPS)

Ahmed to challenge ’press offences’

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Makram Mohamed Ahmed, newly elected Egyptian Journalists Syndicate chairman, has promised to pursue the syndicate’s longstanding goal of outlawing the practice of issuing jail terms for so-called "publication offences".

"The legality of sentencing journalists to prison remains the biggest challenge to Egyptian journalism," Ali Hashem, former Journalists Syndicate secretary-general, told IPS.

"The practice will never be done away with in the absence of a strong syndicate leadership capable of transcending party politics," Hashem said.

In 2004, President Hosni Mubarak vowed to amend Egypt’s press laws to eliminate the application of prison terms to publication offences. Last year, the president made good — partially — on his promise by overseeing the amendment of several relevant articles of the penal code. Read more

date of on-line publication : 18 December 2007

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