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Join Egypt's Press Syndicate's Call to Abolish Imprisonment Penalty in Publishing Cases
Cairo, 4 May 2006
HRinfo welcomes the Egyptian press syndicate's statement issued today under the title "a Salute to Naguib Mahfouz". The Noble Prize winner, on the World Press Freedom Day called for the release of all journalists and prisoners of opinion in the Arab World.
HRinfo while supporting this demand made by Mahfouz and the press syndicate, calls upon all the world's writers, intellectuals and Noble Prize winners to sign and support this demand for an Arab world with no prisoners of opinion.
Below is the Press Syndicate's Statement
Salute to Naguib Mahfouz' call
Together to cancel imprisonment in publishing cases
The Egyptian Press Syndicate welcomes the call made by Noble Prize winner, Naguib Mahfouz, on World Press Freedom Day. He called for the release of all journalists and prisoners of opinion in the Arab World and to cancel all court sentences against journalists for publishing cases, as published in Al-Ahram Newspaper on 4 May 2006.
The syndicate emphasises that activating press codes of ethics and abiding to professional ethics would remove any suspicion of any irresponsible practices and would prevent defamation, in addition to bringing press freedom to its true value as described by our great writer.
The syndicate renews its insistence to continue all efforts to eliminate all laws that imprison for cases of publishing which is not suitable for a country with high status such as Egypt; a country proud that one of its symbols is Naguib Mahfouz.
The syndicate confirms the necessity of quickly passing a law that eliminates imprisonment in publishing cases in such a way that would achieve its goal and up to the standards of the Egyptian press message and its role in leading the way to freedom in the region. It has become shameful that Egyptian and Arab press is the least free in the world.
The Egyptian Press Syndicate salutes Naguib Mahfouz for making such a call at the current moment. The syndicate is proud when all writers and intellectuals stand together to struggle for freedom of expression and eliminating all forms of restrictions on it.
Egyptian Press Syndicate
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