Egypt to try six jour­nal­ists

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

CAIRO — An Egyp­tian pros­e­cu­tor has re­ferred six lo­cal jour­nal­ists to trial for al­legedly spread­ing “false news” that de­famed the jus­tice min­is­ter. Pros­e­cu­tor Fathy Bay­oumi said Wed­nes­day that the six were sent to court af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors found that they “in­ten­tion­ally pub­lished false in­for­ma­tion to de­fame” Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ahmed al-Zind. The re­ports said al-Zind, as head of the pow­er­ful Judges Club, sold state lands to a rel­a­tive at be­low mar­ket price. The ac­cused in­clude ed­i­tors from the state-owned AlAhram news web­site and Ab­delHaleem Kan­deel, a well-known jour­nal­ist.

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