Egypt: Newspaper editor sacked ahead of elections
06 Oct 10

A newspaper editor known for his satirical columns attacking the government has been fired. Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of the daily al Dustur, said he had not been told why he was dismissed, but believed it was in connection with an article written by prominent opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei. When publishers told Eissa not to publish the article, he objected and was sacked just hours later. Reporters for al Dustur have gone on strike to protest the dismissal. Eissa’s sacking follows the recent cancellation of the talk show he hosted on private satellite television.