Egypt’s Middle East News Agency (MENA) announced on Nov. 11 that Judge Hisham Genina and two journalists will be prosecuted for allegedly insulting other judges. Genina gave an interview to Moammed el-Sanhouri, a reporter for Al-Masry Al-Youm daily in 2012, in which the judge accused the head of the Egyptian Judges’ Club, a social club for jurists, of corruption. Both the judge and the reporter are now being charged with libel, along with the news publication’s Chief Editor Magdi el-Galad.
Egypt has previously been sharply criticized for laws giving the government and security services the authority to censor the media. In 2010, Egypt issued new media restrictions that critics say effectively put all live television media, including talk shows and news shows, under government control. Earlier that month, Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief and creator of the private daily paper Al-Dustour, was fired after he published an op-ed piece by opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei. In 2008, Eissa was convicted for spreading “rumors” about the health of Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak in an August 2007 report. Egypt’s Abbaseyya Appeals Court upheld the conviction in 2008.
From Jurist, Nov. 11. Used with permission.