Egypt’s Interior Ministry Waivers Complaints Against Two Private Newspapers

Egypt’s Interior Ministry waived on Monday two complaints filed at the top prosecutor’s office against two private newspapers, the prosecution said.

The ministry had filed the complaints against the widely circulated newspapers Youm7 and Al-Masry Al-Youm, each for a story they published.

The prosecutor’s office received two notices from the ministry to waiver the complaints, the prosecution said in a statement.

The ministry said the waiver comes out of its keenness to “consolidate” relations with all sectors of society and with different media outlets.

The statement said the waivers come after Youm7 issued a correction of the story it ran.

Earlier on Monday, dozens of journalists gathered at the steps of the press syndicate to object to what they said was “restriction of the freedom of the press” and to “journalists’ arrests”.

On May 25, Egypt’s top prosecutor referred the chairman, chief editor and a journalist in private newspaper Al-Bayan to criminal court for “publishing false news” and illegally practicing journalism, although the newspaper issued a correction of the story in question.

Last week, dozens of journalists organised a demonstration at the press syndicate, calling for freedoms, fair wages and syndicate protection.

Source : Aswat Masriya