Appeals court upholds journalist's sentence
In late 2009, Alwaleed bin Talal filed a complaint with the Attorney General, accusing the journalist of insult and libel over the story. The court of first instance fined the journalist LE5,000. ANHRI's defense team filed an appeal and in turn the Agoza appeals court upheld the first instance ruling.
This decision against Hosni Wadee is an unacceptable decline in freedom of expression in Egypt, since the journalist did not commit any crime, ANHRI said. The journalist just reported on information that he had received about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
ANHRI totally rejects any retreat in public freedoms - there is no turning back to before the revolution of 25 January, when millions of Egyptians called for bread and freedom. Authorities must take immediate action to ensure the protection of public freedoms in general and freedom of expression in particular, so that Egyptian journalists and media workers are less likely to be punished for their opinions.
In a separate development, ANHRI welcomed a ruling by the Maragha court in Sohag, which decided to acquit journalist Hoda Hosni Mohamed, of "Horeyti" magazine, deeming it a good start for the Egyptian revolution that must seek major reforms in freedoms, especially freedom of expression.