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The cancellation of the issuance permission of El Ebda’a magazine , A new deterioration in the freedom of Journalism

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8/4/2009

Press statement

 The cancellation of the issuance permission of El Ebda’a magazine

A new deterioration in the freedom of Journalism

Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) is shocked when knowing about the ruling issued by the first constituency of the Administrative Judiciary court in case no. 21571 of the judicial year no.61. This case is filed by a lawyer against the Public Body of Book and Dr. Ahmed Abdel Mo’ty Hegazi, the head of board of directors of the newspaper. The ruling was issued in a session dated 7th April 2009 and it is issued to cancel of the issuance permission of El Ebda’a magazine which was issued by the Public Body of Book as this magazine published a poem which included words humiliating God.

The poet Helmi Salem has published a poem entitled Shorfat Layla Morad in 2007. The court explained in its ruling that this poem included words against the morals of journalism and is considered a humiliation to the Egyptian journalism.

FDHRD confirms on the respect of the judicial rulings , however, it believes that canceling the issuance permission of one of the cultural magazines in Egypt is considered a deterioration in the freedom of publishing in Egypt and it opens the door for hating inventive writers and thinkers and consequently will hinder the freedom of inventive thinking in Egypt. Also, the important thing in inventive thinking is to be received by audience and so if it is rejected by audience, it will be useless. In addition, the confiscation of prints due to a religion opinion will negatively reflected on the freedom of inventive thinking in Egypt.

In this context, FDHRD is calling cultural actors and callers for modernization in Egypt to prepare a cultural project that confront the current dark culture.

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