Monday, October 6, 2008

What generosity!

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak pardoned a newspaper editor who had been sentenced to jail for "... publishing false information about the president..." thereby causing harm to the country's economy. The paper had speculated on the state of Mubarak's health. According to the Middle East News Service, MENA, "... as part of the president's efforts to foster freedom of the press in Egypt..."

What generosity of spirit! This after Mubarak earlier fingered "illegitimate movements" (i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood) for spreading the rumors, and while his wife, first lady Suzanne Mubarak, appeared on TV to say said that journalists who published rumors deserved to be punished. And has on the books laws that allow this, and pliant courts that enforce them.. What a democrat!

Egypt president pardons news editor sentenced to jail
Mubarak Gives Presidential Pardon to Egyptian Journalist