A military court in Ismailia has postponed the trial of Al-Masry Al-Youm reporter Ahmed Abu Deraa, who is facing charges of spreading false news about the army, until 29 September.
Ahmed Abu Deraa was arrested early September amid accusations he was producing false reports about military operations in North Sinai, as well as entering restricted military areas.
He will remain in custody pending trial. The first session was held on Sunday.
Journalists and press advocates have staged several protests calling for Abu Deraa’s release. The Journalists’ Syndicate had called for clarification of the charges against Abu Deraa.
The Arab Network for Human Rights Information has urged for a halt to what it described as "exceptional trials," like those to which Abu Deraa has been subjected. The organization demanded the journalist's release and called for charges against him to be dropped.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm