Egypt journalist union leaders to stand trial

The head of the Egyptian journalists union, Yahiya Kallash demonstrates with journalists outside the Journalist Syndicate headquarters in Cairo on May 4, 2016Three leading figures in Egypt’s journalists’ union will stand trial for allegedly harbouring two fugitive colleagues, a lawyer and prosecution officials said, drawing condemnation from rights groups. Egyptian Journalists Syndicate president Yahiya Kallash, secretary general Gamal Abd el-Rahim and freedoms committee chief Khaled Elbalshy were charged with aiding fugitives after two reporters sought by police staged a sit-in at the union’s offices, Elbalshy’s lawyer said Tuesday. The three, who were released late Monday after more than 24 hours in detention, are also under investigation for “publishing false news”, Karim Abdelrady said.

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