Head of Egypt’s press syndicate sentenced to 2 years in jail

Kalash19/11/2016 (Ahram Online – Egypt): A Cairo misdemeanor court sentenced on Saturday, the Chairman of Egypt’s Press Syndicate Yehia Kalash and two other board members — Gamal Abdel-Reheem and Khaled El-Balshy — to two years in prison for harbouring fugitives inside the syndicate’s headquarters. The verdict, which was issued in absentia after the trio abstained from appearing in court, can still be appealed and the court set bail at EGP10,000 for each defendant. Commenting on the verdict, in front of the syndicate’s headquarters, high board member Khalid El-Balshy told reporters that the syndicate will appeal the verdict, but in the meantime the verdict “won’t distract us from the issues of journalists’ rights and liberties.” “We still have battles to fight for the rights of the journalists, especially the detained ones, as well as the press draft law [currently debated in parliament],” El-Balshy added…
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