Egyptian Newspaper Editor Will Pay Fine Instead of Going to Jail

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By: E&P Staff

An Egyptian newspaper editor will not be imprisoned for defaming the country’s president, Hosni Mubarak, according to Reuters. An appeals court has changed the sentence to a fine of 22,500 Egyptian pounds ($3,950).

Ibrahim Eissa, who edits the weekly newspaper al-Dustour, wrote articles charging that Mubarak had privatized state-owned businesses too cheaply, and that the president was misusing foreign aid, Reuters said. Mubarak and his family have been frequent targets of Eissa’s front page columns in the paper.

The sentence had been criticized by human rights groups, which said it was part of the government’s attempts to stifle free speech.

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