CAIRO: The Dokki Misdemeanor Court acquitted Tuesday Journalist Khaled Salah, the editor-in-chief of Youm7 and the newspaper’s reporter Mohamed Mahsoub from charges of publishing false news and slander.
Plaintiff Ahmed Salama had previously filed a lawsuit against Mahsoub, accusing him of libel and publishing false news over a report published on Nov.30, 2015 titled “Inventors take foreign citizenship to further their inventions.”
The report quoted nine Egyptian inventors who expressed their willingness to obtain another citizenship to escape a “frustrating” life in Egypt and be able to implement their inventions abroad. It cited a case of an Egyptian inventor called Mostafa el-Sawi who was granted Emirati citizenship.
Many journalists in Egypt are standing trial over the charge of publishing false news. In August 2015, three journalist; Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and the deported Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to three years in prison over the same charge among others not linked to their profession. Fahmy and Mohamed were later pardoned among a batch of prisoners per a decision by the President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.