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    Punishing the four editors in chief is a black stain on the government.
    Arabic Network calls for the fine to be rescinded.

    Cairo, 31 January 2009

    The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said today that the amendment to the sentence of the editors in this case remains far too strict and is aiming to silence the independent press in Egypt.

    Al-Agouza misdemeanors appeal court lessened the sentence from 1 year in prison and a 10,000 LE fine with bail set at 20,000LE to a fine of 20,000LE. The Arabic Network for Human Rights persists in rejecting the recent trend of prosecuting outspoken journalists who criticize the ruling National Party and the performance of Egypt’s government.

    Its statement said “The Egyptian government is notorious for its human rights record and for its hostility to press freedom in particular. we believe in the solidarity of the civil society to support the journalists, and stand by the peoples right to knowledge and to express their opinions.

    The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information would be the first to contribute to support the journalists and to let them know that their brave stance was not in vain. If the National Party and its hypocritical lawyers want to deny us the right to independent journalism we will remain equally determined to support freedom of the press and the journalists who report their opinions.

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