CAIRO: Cairo Criminal court referred the lawsuit filed against the Editorial Director of Youm7, Mahmoud Saad el-Din, to the Public Prosecution on Saturday, for publishing the statements of Major General Mourad Mowafi in the Youm7 website and newspaper.
The court issued a ban of publishing any material from the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his sons, the former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and his six assistants, who are accused of killing peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution.
Six journalists filed a lawsuit on Saturday against Saad el-Din for publishing the statements of Major General Mourad Mowafi.
Saad el-Din said on Saturday that he did not violate the publication ban on the trial. He added that the court received incomplete information, adding that he will present the report that was published in the newspaper to the court, indicating that what was published has nothing to do with the trial.
His statements further emphasized Youm7’s respect and appreciation for the Egyptian judiciary and its national role in achieving justice. He added that he will file a complaint to Diaa Rashwan, head of the Press Syndicate, against the six journalists who filed the lawsuit against him.
Deputy head of Press Syndicate Council Alaa Thabet denounced the report filed by the six journalists, stating to Youm7 on Saturday that they should have respected the Press Syndicate’s code of ethics.
“When a dispute occurs in the journalism family, it is better to be settled from within,” he added.
He noted that the syndicate stands in solidarity with Saad el-Din, and will study the case to arrive at an appropriate response to the situation.
Further, member of the Press Syndicate Council, journalist Khaled al-Balshy, told Youm7 on Saturday that the six journalists’ actions violate the Press Syndicate’s code of ethics.
Balshy added, “If you want to file a complaint, you should resort to the Syndicate not the court,” asserting that the crisis lies in the fact that the journalists who filed the report are not even implicated in the conflict.
Reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razek, Ramy al-Masry, Ali Hassan and Iman Ali.