Prosecution releases AMAY chief editor after accusations of embezzling documents

Supreme State Security Prosecution has accused Al-Masry Al-Youm Chief Editor Ali al-Sayyed and Reporter Ahmed Youssef of harming public security, publishing false news, embezzling prosecution documents and publishing news about a case that is being reviewed by court.

Both were released on LE2,000 bail on Thursday after being questioned for 14 hours.

The two journalists were interrogated after a complaint was filed by the deputy interior minister for legal affairs over what was announced in Al-Masry Al-Youm on intentions to publish interrogations in the lawsuit of the 2012 presidential elections violations, before the prosecutor issued a gag order, which the newspaper complied with.

Upon his release, Al-Sayyed said that the ministry is trying to close the newspaper and gag journalists.

He added that he accused the ministry during investigations of being hostile against judicial authority as well as the freedom of the press. 

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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