Egypt Prosecutes Press for Anti Gov POV
By Micah Halpern
Friday August 17, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Egypt is drifting quickly and deeply towards dictatorship.
Yesterday an Egyptian court charged two people for publicly berating the current president of Egypt.
And not just any people. The two are Tawfik Okasha, one of the most popular TV presenters in Egypt and Islam Afifi, the editor-in-chief of Al Dastur, an independent newspaper.
Both men have been extremely critical of President Morsy.
On air, Okasha told Morsy not to attend the funeral of the sixteen soldiers killed by terrorists. He continued by saying that the Muslim Brotherhood had a role in the attack and as a result "spilling his blood would be permissible because of this."
Afifi's paper is already calling the new administration a dictatorship.
Being critical of the government is one thing, being charged for being critical is another thing entirely.
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