Archive for: June 2014

Al-Sisi Says He Will Not Intervene in Egyptian Court Ruling Against Journalists

Two journalists from Doha-based al-Jazeera News have received a 10 year sentence for falsifying information and spreading propaganda aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. the new Egyptian government had declared the political group of ousted president Mohammed Mursi as terrorists, and during a violent crackdown, the Egyptian Courts accuse the journalists of spreading misinformation.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the Egyptian military’s ousting of Mohammed Mursi for his incapability to resolve the country’s issues, said that he will not interfere with the troubles faced by Sue Turton and Dominic Kane from al-Jazeera, and Peter Greste, an award-winning journalist, who had been tried in absentia and to be imprisoned for 10 years.

In his televised speech, al-Sisi said that he will not interfere in judicial rulings. He also said the courts had adhered to due process, making the sentence valid.

Journalists all over the world were outraged by the decision of the Egyptian Courts regarding the accusations that the journalists have sided with the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the Journalists Syndicate’s statement, the Court’s decision had not been wise, given that reporters only appear on camera and management is also to blame for information error during reports.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Egyptian Court Decision were “injustices that cannot stand.” He called on the Egyptian government to review all its political sentences and verdicts in the last few years. The White House said that it is a blow to democratic progress in Egypt.

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Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Elected as New Egyptian President

Former Military Chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is now Egypt’s new president, winning over 90% of the total vote from 12,000 polling stations. However, vote boycotts mar the success of al-Sisi.

The Former Military Chief was the one who ousted President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and he had also labelled the ousted President’s political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, as terrorists. More than 1,400 people had been killed from the supporters of Morsi and 16,000 individuals have been detained.

According to Democracy campaigner Nagy Kamel, he does not believe the elections to be real elections. The Muslim Brotherhood’s remaining members, liberal groups, and secular groups have also boycotted the vote.

Al-Sisi’s only competitor, Hamdeen Sabahi, said that his team had recorded “violations”, but spoke against his supporters boycotting the vote.

Many pollstations reported to have been deserted on Wednesday. This signifies the boycott of opponents to vote. The low turnout of voters signifies the public’s lack of confidence in al-Sisi despite having numerous supporters of his own.

Fewer than 25 million had voted, far from al-Sisi’s aim to have 40 million of 54 million registered voters to vote.

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