Two Egyptian journalists to go on trial for insulting president
Two Egyptian journalists will soon be tried on charges of insulting Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, Egyptian media reported on Friday, dpa reported.
Television talkshow host Tawfiq Okasha, a critic of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, faces charges of suggesting that the newly elected president be killed.
Okasha's privately owned Al-Faraeen broadcaster, which means the Pharaohs, was taken off the air for a month after he suggested that the Brotherhood was behind militant attacks that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.
He also warned Morsi not to attend the soldiers' funerals, saying it would not be safe for him to do so. His trial opens on September 1.
Islam Afifi, editor of the liberal al Destour newspaper, faces charges of publishing "false news and rumours insulting the president." His trial opens on August 23.
The first trials of journalists since Morsi took power in June prompted accusations by Egyptian pro-democracy activists that the Brotherhood was seeking to stifle freedom of expression.
Earlier this month, Salah Abdel-Maqsud, a Brotherhood member, was appointed information minister responsible for public radio and television.