Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Freedom of Expression I

US Department of State - Press Statement
Gonzalo Gallegos, Acting Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 4, 2008

Conviction of Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim

We are disappointed by the recent conviction in Egypt of democracy activist Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim. On August 2, Dr. Ibrahim was convicted of harming Egypt’s reputation through his writings in the foreign press and was sentenced to two years in prison. Lawsuits should not be used to undermine the principles of freedom of expression. We strongly advocate – in all countries – the protection of civil and political rights, including freedom of speech and due process.


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