Daily seized for alleged insult to Egypt president

AP News
Posted: Aug 11, 2012 12:56 PM
Daily seized for alleged insult to Egypt president

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says a court ordered Saturday editions of a newspaper confiscated over allegations of insulting the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

MENA says the editions of Al-Dustour, a privately owned daily, were seized amid investigations into lawsuits leveled by a number of people accusing the paper of "fueling sedition," and "harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law."

It was not clear whether the paper was barred from publishing completely.

The paper has been fiercely critical of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Saturday's edition featured front-page articles warning of a Brotherhood "emirate" seizing Egypt. The lawsuits also accuse the paper of inflammatory coverage of recent sectarian violence.

Several days earlier, a TV network was ordered off air over allegations it incited the killing of Morsi.