Egyptian papers suspend publication in protest

AP News
Posted: Dec 04, 2012 3:43 AM
Egyptian papers suspend publication in protest

CAIRO (AP) — Several influential Egyptian newspapers have suspended publication to protest what many journalists see as restrictions on the freedom of expression in a draft constitution adopted by an Islamist-led panel.

Tuesday's protest involved at least eight independent newspapers. It comes as opponents of President Mohammed Morsi plan a massive rally outside his Cairo palace. The rally will be the latest against the draft constitution and decrees by the Islamist leader giving him nearly unrestricted powers.

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The country's privately owned TV networks plan their own protest Wednesday, when they will blacken their screens all day.

The protests are part of a widening political crisis that has deeply divided the Arab nation.