Egyptian prosecutors summon reporters over election coverage

National Elections Authority (NEC) chief Lasheen Ibrahim (C) and Deputy Chief of the NEC Mahmoud al-Sherif (C-L) stand for the national antherm during a press conference in Cairo on April 2, 2018, to announce official result of Egypt presidential election. (AFP)
Updated 13 April 2018
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Egyptian prosecutors summon reporters over election coverage

  • Pro-government media and the state's regulatory bodies have largely criticized independent and foreign media's coverage of the election

CAIRO: Egypt's press syndicate chief says state security prosecutors summoned nine journalists over their coverage of last month's presidential election.
Hatem Zakaria said on Friday that the summons is for the recently-dismissed chief editor of the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm and eight other reporters.
They are expected to show up for questioning next Thursday
Al-Masry Al-Youm was fined 150,000 Egyptian pounds, or about $8,500, and its chief editor was dismissed after a report saying the state rallied voters to participate in the presidential election.
Pro-government media and the state's regulatory bodies have largely criticized independent and foreign media's coverage of the election.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was re-elected in last month's vote, which critics dubbed as undemocratic after all serious contenders quit or were forced to drop out of the race.


Myanmar evicts family of officer who testified on entrapment

Updated 21 April 2018
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Myanmar evicts family of officer who testified on entrapment

  • Two reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been detained since December 12 on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act.
  • Police Capt. Moe Yan Naing told a court that his superior had arranged for two policemen to meet the reporters and hand over documents described as “important secret papers” in order to entrap them.

Yangon: Myanmar police on Saturday evicted the family of a police officer who testified that he and others had been ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency who are facing charges that could get them up to 14 years in prison, the officer’s wife said.
The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been detained since Dec. 12 on charges of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The two helped cover the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where a brutal counterinsurgency operation last year drove about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh.
Police Capt. Moe Yan Naing told a court Friday that his superior had arranged for two policemen to meet the reporters at a restaurant and hand over documents described as “important secret papers” in order to entrap them.
On Saturday, Moe Yan Naing’s wife, Daw Tuu, said she and her daughter were ordered to move out of their police housing in the capital, Naypyitaw.
“A police officer called us this morning and said we have to move out of the housing immediately and that’s the order from the superior,” Daw Tuu said, sobbing.
Moe Yan Naing said he and other colleagues who had been interviewed earlier by Wa Lone about their activities in Rakhine had been interrogated under the direction of Brig. Gen. Tin Ko Ko of the 8th Security Police Battalion.
The police department’s action against Moe Yan Naing’s family caused an outcry in Myanmar.
“This is an outrageous move,” said Robert Sann Aung, a human rights lawyer. “This is to give an example to other police in the country to keep silent from telling the truth.”
The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January. The defendants’ lawyers have asked the court to drop the case against the pair, saying prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to support the case, but the judge denied the motion.