Al Fagr Reporter Convicted of Libel
The Egyptian Al-Fagr newspaper's editor in chief , Adel Hamouda, said today court has convicted a journalist of libeling a judge and sentenced her to one year in jail.
Tuesday's conviction of Amira Malash, a reporter for the independent weekly Al-Fagr, was the second time in two months that court ruled against a journalist facing prison time in a libel case involving a government official.
The hearing for Malash lasted eight minutes, said Hamouda, who added that the weekly will appeal. She is free on bail pending the appeal.
Malash wrote in an article in September that an Alexandria court judge, Attiyah Awadh, was being investigated for corruption. Her report was sourced to anonymous security officials in the Mediterranean port city, and the judge sued her for libel.
The ruling came after an appeals court in February upheld a 12-month prison sentence for a journalist from the independent daily Al-Masri al-Youm after he was convicted of libeling former Housing Minister Mohammed Suleiman. Two other journalists from the paper were given fines