Egypt Paper Resumes Publishing
NAUREEN S. MALIK
Jun. 10, 2002
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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ An Egyptian weekly returned to circulation Sunday, almost one year after it was closed for running a story alleging a monk ran a sex-and-blackmail ring in a monastery.
The weekly Al-Nabaa's return follows a May 25 court ruling that said constitutional and press laws protected press freedoms. The court also quashed a decision revoking the paper's license.
Al-Nabaa columnist Mostafa Abdumonem told The Associated Press that the character of the paper, a tabloid known for running controversial stories, would be the same as before its ban in July.
It will have ``the same lines, the same details ... all are the same,'' he said.
Al-Nabaa executives were not available for comment.
Last June, the paper published an article and numerous blurred photographs purportedly of an ex-monk's illicit behavior in an Assiut monastery, about 180 miles south of Cairo.
The Coptic Church denied the paper's claims while hundreds of Copts took to Cairo's streets in protest, saying the article was an attack on their religion.