April 26th, 2012 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses sorrow for the status of the freedom of expression in Egypt after the revolution. Hesba lawsuits returned to restrict the right of thought, expression and creativity. On April 24, 2012, Haram Misdemeanor Court sentenced the Egyptian famous Actor Adel Imam 3 month and LE 1000 fine for insulting Islam and those who wear galabia and veil within artistic works like Morgan Ahmed Morgan and Toyour Al Zalam movies in addition to Al Zaiem play.
On April 26, 2012, Agouza Misdemeanor Court rejected similar lawsuits against actor Adel Imam, author Linen Al Ramly and the art director Wahid Hamed, submitted by the same complainer.
EOHR emphasizes unlimited support to the freedom of expression and creation and denounces taking thinkers to accountability for their thoughts, which represents a negative indicator to the future of the freedom of expression in Egypt. EOHR also calls for reorganizing the legislative structures in order to stop having this kind of court decisions against the freedom of expression and placing rules for filing lawsuits, according to the international standards of human rights.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of (EOHR) emphasized on the importance of the freedom of expression according to the international standards of human rights. Such sentences represent threat to the freedom of expression after the Egyptian revolution. The sentence also is not based on enough legal reasons, because the complainer is not directly damaged or even affected. This kind of issues has to be discussed friendly through direct debates, out of courthouses.
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