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ANHRI Condemns the referral of Magdi Al-Galad, Hisham Genena and Mohamed Al-Sanhoury to Criminal Court over Defamation Charge

Tuesday 12 November 2013, by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the decision, made by the investigative judge, of referring Magdi Al-Galad, Al-Masry Al-Youm former editor-in-chief- Mohamed Al-Sanhoury- journalist in Al-Masry Al-Youm- and Judge Hisham Genena- head of Central Auditing Organization (CAO)- to the Criminal Court for investigation over the public defamation of judges charge against the backdrop of an interview that was published in the newspaper.

Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, in its “2732” issue on 16 January 2012, when Madgi Al-Galad was its editor-in-chief, published an interview that journalist Mohamed Al-Sanhoury made with Judge Hisham Genena, in which he had criticized some judges. As a result, Judge Ahmed Al-Zend- Head of Judges Club- along with other members filed complaints against the two journalists and the head of CAO over the accusation of public defamation.

ANHRI said that, “It is amazing that judges don’t accept criticisms against them. Instead of facing the publications case and make victory for expression freedom, we see many judges resort to prosecuting journalists because of an interview in a newspaper made by a judge, who is heading an organization that monitors the corruption. However, the judges have to respond the word by word and use the margins of expression freedom so as to respond to the criticisms instead of using trials to silence the oppositions.”

ANHRI stressed its refusal to continue the criminal trials against journalists. It also emphasized the necessity of considering the cases before the competent courts, as it is not acceptable to try a journalist or an author over publication case before a criminal court, which principally consider the cases of killing, drugs and other dangerous crimes.

SOURCE: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=14324

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