Egypt journalists gets two-year jail term

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Yahia Qalaash, Chief of the journalists’ union in Egypt

Srinagar: Egypt has sentenced the chief of the journalists’ union and two of the group’s members to two years in prison for “harbouring fugitives”, media reports said.

The ruling was handed down on 19 November against union head Yahia Qalaash and the two other journalists who were allowed to pay the $615 bail, pending an appeal, the report said.

The charges stem from a police raid earlier this year on the union’s headquarters to arrest two journalists wanted for their protests against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s decision to transfer Egyptian sovereignty over two strategic Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia, the report added.

The European Union said the the indictment of the journalists reflected “broader limitations on freedom of expression and press freedom in Egypt”, the report further said.

 

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