HRW: Egypt Need to Reform Laws Used to Silence Critics
|Tuesday, May 8,2007 00:00|
|By Nora Younis, freemonem.cybversion.org|
Human Rights Watch issued a statement May 3rd in which Joe Stork, HRW Deputy Director -MENA, said “Egypt’s sorry record of torture is only made worse by its practice of punishing journalists who dare to speak about it.”
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Mitwalli, an Egyptian national who also reports for the London-based daily Quds al-Arabi, was convicted by a Cairo criminal court on May 2 for “possessing and giving false pictures about the internal situation in Egypt that could undermine the dignity of the country” in connection with an Al-Jazeera documentary about torture in Egypt. The court also fined her 20,000 Egyptian pounds (US$3,518).