“Egypt Journalists Face Jail for Reporting Non-Government Terrorism Statistics”
The Guardian, July 5, 2015
“Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides. Under an article in the new terrorism law presented to the president for his final approval, journalists face at least two years in jail if they publish figures that contradict those that state institutions such as the army release. The article concerned outlaws the intentional publication of ‘false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts the official statements released by the relevant authorities’. The move follows the recent deadly attack by Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate, in which the group narrowly failed to capture a town in a remote part of the Sinai desert, and killed a number of Egyptian soldiers. The army denied it had lost more than 17 men, and criticised foreign media outlets for reporting higher death tolls.”
Quickie analysis: Sometimes the truth is inconvenient, but that doesn’t make it any less true.