Egyptian Minister Ibrahim el-Henedi:

Anti-terrorism bill does not target press, media

GMT 16:38 2015 Thursday ,09 July

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Egyptian Minister Ibrahim el-Henedi
Cairo - Arab Today

Transitional Justice Minister Ibrahim el Henedi said Article 33 of the anti-terrorism draft law does not target the media or press but websites inciting violence and spreading false news.

The Cabinet passed the bill last week on the same day that coordinated terrorist attacks took place in North Sinai against army checkpoints, leaving dozens killed and injured.

The article makes publishing news that is not in line with official statements on terrorist operations punishable by up to two years in prison.

During a meeting with the German charge d'affaires here, Henedi said the bill should not be a source of worry as it specifically mentions those who publish false news or data on purpose about terror attacks.

The freedom of the press is guaranteed by the Egyptian constitution and the government has no intention to compromise it, the minister told the German envoy.
Source: MENA

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