Newsletter No 23 28 March 2006
Press Freedom:
World's Press Organizations Protest Against Journalists in Egypt

The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum have protested to the Egyptian government against the sentencing of a journalist on libel charges in a case that comes two years after President Hosni Mubarak promised to abolish imprisonment for publishing offenses.

In a letter to the Egyptian Minister of Information, Anas El-Fiqqi, WAN and WEF called for the libel charges and one-year jail sentence against journalist Amira Malash to be dropped. The Paris-based associations, the global organizations of the world's press, called on the government to decriminalize press offenses and respect international standards of freedom of expression.

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