Egypt Court Postpones Trial of Newspaper Editor for Insulting President to September 16

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Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Thursday, August 23, postponing the trial of the editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour independent newspaper Islam Afifi to September 16. He faces charges of spreading false information and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mourad Mouawad, lawyer of Al-Dostour newspaper:
“The trial is strange as it comes at the beginning of a new era that is supposed to be democratic. We were surprised by groundless accusations presented by people who are not concerned, claiming that Islam Afifi and Al-Dustour Newspaper insulted the President and spread false news to cause chaos and disorder in the country.”

The Court postponed the trial of Afifi and put him on remand to give his defense lawyers time to prepare their defense, but President Morsi has just issued a legislation preventing temporary detentions in publishing cases.

Afifi earlier received a travel ban after several lawyers filed legal complaints claiming that Al-Dustour Newspaper had insulted the President.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sayed Abu-Zeid, Lawyera and Advisor at the Journalists Syndicate:
“The Journalists’ Syndicate wasn’t formally informed that the defendant would be subjected to interrogation, which is a basic legal step that must be done. This leads to the invalidity of the order of referring the case and the invalidity of the trial itself.”

Al-Dustour Newspaper published an article in early August claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood was trying to establish an "Islamic state" in Egypt.

President Morsi publicly warned media against spreading rumors that would destabilize the country.

The action against Al-Dustour and other journalists raises fears about press freedom in Egypt as Morsi pledged that freedom of the press would not be affected, affirming during his presidential campaign that no opinion will be supressed.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:40
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SHOTLIST:

1- Tilt down external shot of Giza Criminal Court
2- Zoom in on editor-in-chief of Al-Dostour private newspaper Islam Afifi heading to the court
3- Zoom out shot of the signboard of the court
4- Zoom out shot of a signboard on inside the court of a verse from holy Quran , demanding people to achieve justice
5- Various shots of crowds of people inside the court
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mourad Mouawad, lawyer of Al-Dostour newspaper:
7- “The trial is strange as it comes at the beginning of a new era that is supposed to be democratic. We were surprised by groundless accusations presented by people who are not concerned, claiming that Islam Afifi and Al-Dustour Newspaper insulted the President and spread false news to cause chaos and disorder in the country.”
8- Medium shot of supporters of Afifi shouting statements inside the court to support him
9- Medium shot of Afifi speaking to one of the reporters inside the court
10- Medium shot of a man shouting inside the court
11- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sayed Abu-Zeid, Lawyera and Advisor at the Journalists Syndicate:
“The Journalists’ Syndicate wasn’t formally informed that the defendant would be subjected to interrogation, which is a basic legal step that must have been done. This leads to the invalidity of the order of referring the case and the invalidity of the trial itself.” 12- Pan left shot of crowds of people and lawyers inside the court
13- Medium shot of Afifi speaking to a reporter inside the court
14- Close up shot of a reporter taking noted during the court
15- Wide external shot of the Giza Criminal Court headquarters

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