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Egypt - Jail sentence for defamation is bad sign for freedom of information

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In Arabic (بالعربية) A court in Luxor yesterday convicted Tawfiq Okacha, the owner of the TV station El-Faraeen (The Pharaons) and a program presenter known for his hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi, of defamation under the criminal code and sentenced him to four months' imprisonment and a fine of 100 Egyptian pounds (12.55 euros). Such a conviction and sentence based on the criminal code sends out a highly negative message for freedom of information in Egypt. Reporters (...)

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