The summary of the legal support to journalists during the first week of February
February 11th, 2017


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"Journalists against torture" observatory continues following up the hearings of the cases related the freedom of media and press through this summary of legal support during the week by the law committee team in the observatory inside courtrooms and police stations that works as a supporting shelter to journalists and the media freedoms seeking for a free independent space for work.

this report includes the summary of the hearings that the law committee of the observatory from 4 February to 9 February, there were 11 judicial hearings to journalists, here they are

*the trial of the press photographer "Shawkan" in the institute of the police officers in Tura

*the first hearing of the retrial of "Mohammed Abdelmonem", a journalist at "Tahya Masr", in the criminal court of south Cairo at "Eltgamoaa elkhames".

*the decision of the renewal of remanded in preventive custody to all of "El-zaeem", "Hassan" and "Elbshbeshy" at the total middle Cairo prosecution.

*the protest against the 2 sentences on "Abdelhaleem Andeel", the editor in chief of "Sawt elomma" newspaper, of imposing him fines on two different cases.

*the trial of" Khaled Salah" of being accused of insulting and slandering the general secretary of the liberation party.

*the trial of "Abdallh Shosha", the reporter of "Amjad" at Ismailia.

*the trial of "Tawfik Okasha" of being accused of insulting and slandering.

Sunday 5th February

*total middle Cairo prosecution, held in south Cairo in Zienhom, decided concerning Hamdy ElZaeem", a journalist in Elhayah newspaper, and "Mohamed Hassan", a journalist in "Elnabaa" newspaper, and "Osama Elbshbeshy", a journalist in "Baladi" news gate, remanded in preventive custody for investigations for 15 days.
this on the case numbered 15060 for 2016 Qasr Elnile misdemeanor in which they are accused of joining an unlawful organization, publishing wrong information that harms the national security interest, photographing without permits and a new accusation the prosecution added in the previous hearing which is "receiving foreign funds".

Monday 6th February

*the 17th circuit of north Giza's court, headed by the judge "Gamal Ali Abdallah", decided postponement of the sentence in the case about accusing "Abdelhaleem Andeel", the editor in chief of "Sat Elomma" newspaper, of insulting and slandering "Randa Saleh", the manager of the office of the minister of housing, to 5th March.
"Randa Saleh", the manager of the office of the minister of housing, filed a case of insulting and slandering against "Abdelhaleem Andeel", the editor in chief of "Sat Elomma" newspaper, for publishing topics includes sentences of insults and slander.

*the Giza criminal court, held at south Cairo court in Zienhom, decided postponement the case filed by the doctor at the armed forces that invited a cure of virus C, against the editor in chief of "Sawt Elomma" accusind hima of insult and slander, to 5th march.
the general "Ibrahim Abelaaty" who invited the device curing virus c had filed a case against "Antar Abdellatif" and "Abdelhaleem Andeel", the editor in chief of "Sat Elomma" newspaper, because of publishing a sarcastic article about the device invented by "Abellaty".

Tuesday 7th February

*the first circuit of the administrative court in the state council, headed by the judge "Bekhet Ismaiel", the vice of the president of the state council, postponed for final judgment about obliging the ministry to remove all the human and railings barriers from around the syndicate and the surrounding and leading streets to the hearing dated 7th of March.
the case numbered 67732 against the minister of interior and the chief police officer of Cairo demanded them to prevent the police officers from the exposure to the journalists and the visitors and checking IDs before entering the syndicate and the leading and surrounding streets.

*the criminal south Cairo court, held in "Eltgamo Elkhames", decided postponement of the first hearing of the trial of "Mohamed Abdelmoneem", a journalist in "Tahya Masr", to the 3rd April for receiving the document about the accused.
this in the case numbered 3074 for 2015, the accused on it "Abdelmoneem" of demonstraiting without permit and joining an illegal organization. He was arrested on 24th April while press coverage of the demonstration in "Dar Elsalam" in Cairo.

*Eldokii misdemeanor court, headed by the judge "Moustafa Rabie", scheduled the first hearingof the trial of the editor in chief of "Elyoom Elsabee" newspaper, the executive manager, the general manager and a journalist in the same newspaper, that are accused of insulting and slandering the general secretary of the sufi liberation party to the date 14th February.

the lawyer of "Essam Mohye eldeen" ,the general secretary of the sufi liberation party and the nominee at the list of the republican alliance of social powers led by "Tahani elgebally", filed acse numbered 981 for 2017 accused "Khaled Saleh" ,the editor in chief of "Elyoom Elsabee", and "Dandrawy eElhawary" ,the executive manager, and "Mohamed Eldosoki",the general manger of editing, and "Mohamed Attia" ,a journalist in the same newspaper, of insulting and slandering him.

*the first circuit of the criminal court of Ismailia, headed by the judge "belal aboelsood", decided postponement of the trial of "Abdullah Shosha",the reporter at "Amjad" the channel in Ismailia, and others to 7th March, on the case numbered 42277 for year 2014 second criminal Ismailia, recorded by the number 2332 for year 2014 total criminal Ismailia.
the security troops had arrested "Abdallah Shosha" on 22nd September 2013, while press coverage of one of the demonstrations in Ismailia, and he is still remanded in preventive custody being accused by the prosecution of many accusations like demonstrating, hooliganism, calling for violence and overthrow.

Wednesday 8th February

*first October misdemeanor court, held by "Mahmoud Elbrayry", postponed for the final  judgment about the case of insulting and slandering filed by the businessman "Abu hashema" against "Tawfik Okasha" to the date 29th March.
"Taher Elkholy" the lawyer of "Ahmed Abu hashema" filed an insulting and slandering case against "Tawfik Okasha" in his talk show in "Elfraeen" channel. The case was recorded by the number 2108 for year 2016 first October misdemeanor court.

*first October misdemeanor court postponed the case of insulting and slandering filed by the press writer "Khaled Saleh" against "Tawfik Okasha" to the date 29th March.

the lawyer of "Khaled Saleh" filed an insulting and slandering case against "Tawfik Okasha" in his talk show in "Elfraeen" channel. The case was recorded by the number 2109 for year 2016 first October misdemeanor court.

*Eldokii misdemeanor court ,held by the judge "Mustafa Rabie", postponed the judjment of the protest of the press writer "Abdelhalem Andeel", the editor in chief of "Sawt Elomma" newspaper, on the sentence of imposing 10 thousand pounds fine on him and a 10001 pound civic compensation, for being accused of insulting and slandering the businessman "Samir Zaki Abdelkawi" to the date 15th February.

the businessman "Samir Zaki Abdelkawi", the chairman of "the 6th October agricultural firm to reclamation and reconstruction", filed a case numbered 14664 for year 2014 that the newspaper "Sawt Elomma" whose editor in chief the press writer "Abdelrheem Andeel" had published an article that insulted and slandered Smair.