Yahia Qalash, the head of the Egyptian press union, and two others have been sentenced to two years in prison, and must also pay a 10,000 Egyptian pound fine. They were charged with harboring wanted journalists.

This decision comes after months of deliberation and protest. The two journalists were wanted over protesting the President’s decision to transfer sovereignty of two Egyptian islands. Since then, journalists all over Egypt have been staging protests, demanding a public apology and the interior minister’s resignation. However instead, the three men now sentenced were detained and questioned.


If this is the case, how free is the press in Egypt? If there is no freedom of press or speech, has Egypt really completed their transition to democracy?