The presidency filed a complaint against a Press Syndicate board member Wednesday, the latest move against journalists accused of “insulting the president.”
The complaint, filed by the presidency’s legal affairs administration, accuses journalist Gamal Fahmy of writing articles offensive to President Mohamed Morsy.
“Reports accusing journalists of insulting the president have long been filed by lawyers,” syndicate board member Abeer Saady said. “The fact that the presidency is now taking the matter into its own hands is unprecedented.”
The complaint is the second complaint the presidency has filed against a journalist. Yousri Al-Badry, a journalist at independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, was referred to investigation Saturday following a complaint by the presidency of publishing false news about the president.
An outspoken Muslim Brotherhood opponent, Fahmy is a columnist at independent daily Al-Tahrir. Fahmy could not be reached for comment.
Additional reporting by Ethar Shalaby