Skip to main content

Sisi under fire over proposed defamation law

Even loyal followers of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are up in arms about the proposed defamation law criminalizing the January 25 and June 30 revolutions.
A journalist with his mouth taped holds a pen during a protest against the Interior Ministry in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo April 17, 2014. Protesters accused the ministry on Thursday of deliberately targeting journalists during their coverage of violence and conflict. The tape reads, "The blood of a journalist is not cheap." REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MEDIA) - RTR3LOW1

Although many Egyptian journalists support most of the decisions made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, he sparked criticism among his supporters in the media community when, in a meeting with journalists, he announced that the state was determined to issue a law criminalizing defamation of the January 25, 2011, and June 30, 2013, revolutions.

Journalist Ahmed Moussa said Dec. 2 on his talk show "Ala Masouliyati" that the law targets the media. He added that passing the law would be a mistake by the presidency and a violation of the constitution, which guarantees Egyptians freedom of opinion and expression. Journalist Mustafa Bakri criticized Sisi’s idea in his show "Haka’ik wa Asrar" (Facts and Secrets) Dec. 4, saying, “The law is not acceptable, and the two revolutions have no immunity.” The idea was also criticized by many other journalists.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 for annual access.