Egyptian Journalist Jailed for Writing About Mubarak’s Health

The Egyptian appeals court on Sunday upheld the conviction of Ibrahim Eissa, editor of the independent daily al-Dustor. His crime? He simply wrote about the health of 80-year-old President Hosni Mubarak and was accused of damaging national security by spreading rumors.

The sentence is for two-months, but the blow to press freedoms is far greater than the time.

Notably, the government appealed the original sentence of six months as too light, but the appellate court reduced the sentence.

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