Publication of any information or documents related to investigations on the case of “forgery of 2012 presidential elections” has been banned by the prosecution.
The media gag was imposed after Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm’s announcement that it would publish documents about the case.
Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat sent a letter to Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) chief Essam Al-Amir ordering that publication of all information, whether in a visual or audio form, be prevented.
The order of the media gag came on Tuesday, with the gag in place until the investigations on the case are done.
In June 2012, presidential elections took place, with former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and Muslim Brotherhood politician Mohamed Morsi the two candidates. Morsi won the elections with just over 50% of the votes.
However, Shafiq’s lawyer, Shawqi Al-Sayed, filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the elections, alleging the results had witnessed electoral fraud and that there was much electoral process irregularities.
The investigations have been ongoing on since 2012, according to Al-Sayed. Since there is a media gag, no more information could be given on the matter until the prosecution allows it, said Al- Sayed.