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Egypt: Hesba Cases Threaten the Freedom of Creativity again,,, ANHRI Condemns Opening Investigations on Complaints against “Bassem Youssef”

Tuesday 29 October 2013, by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, strongly denounced today the the decision, which made by Judge Hesham Barakat, of remitting the complaints filed against the satirist Bassem Youssef- presenter of CBC’s popular show El-Bernameg- to the Cairo Appellate Prosecution for investigations.

The media professional, Bassem Youssef, returned to present his show on “CBC” satellite station last Friday, October 25. in connection with this episode, many citizens filed complaints before the attorney general, including the complaint No. 14927/2013, in which Bassem is accused of mocking all the national figures, the Egyptian people and the military forces. The plaintiff demands to open investigations with the media professional over the accusations of spreading false news that can disturb the public peace and harm the public interest, further, he works towards creating chaos in the country and threatening the social peace and security.
The Egyptian attorney general ordered yesterday, Monday, to remit the complaints to Cairo Appellate Prosecution to start investigations rather than examining the seriousness of the complaints and avoiding their remitting to the investigations because of the lack of capacity and interest of their plaintiffs.

ANHRI said that, “The decision made by the attorney general is a return to the role that the Public Prosecution was playing under the reign of the toppled president, Hosni Mubarak, as well as the ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The role was to impose restraints on the freedom of expression through opening investigations on complaints of persons, who have no legal capacity or interest, as their relation to the cases is that they are incited by the authorities or those who seeks fame. Unfortunately, the attorney general realizes that matter, but the absence of the rule of law and equity is a value lost in Egypt”

ANHRI added that, “The alleged and passive bias of the authority in Egypt besides refraining from supporting the freedom of expression open the door for returning the abhorrent practices, representing in the Hesba cases. Therefore, the Public Prosecution shouldn’t allow to misuse the litigation right in the Hesba cases, which aim to tighten the noose on the media professionals and the opinion makers against the backdrop of their views and media work”

ANHRI calls for dismissing all the tenuous Hesba complaints against the satirist Bassem Youssef and to enact a clear constitutional text that prohibits such kind of cases.

SOURCE: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=14039

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