In January, al-Abrashy mounted an editorial campaign to oppose a new and controversial property tax law, which would require property owners to submit to finance ministry evaluations of their property to determine their taxes. Al-Abrashy challenged the law’s constitutionality in an opinion piece, and said it creates a financial burden for the average Egyptian. In one of al-Dawi’s articles, she quoted a legal expert who said the law is under review by the constitutional court and that it “will inevitably be revoked.” The campaign consisted of numerous other critical articles and opinion pieces by journalists, politicians, and economists.
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“We urge the Minister of Finance to drop the criminal charges against Wael al-Abrashy and
During a meeting on June 14, 18 local editors from independent and opposition newspapers expressed their solidarity with al-Abrashy and al-Dawi, issuing a statement calling on the president to fulfill his longstanding promises, made in 2004 and repeated numerous times since, to end prison terms for journalists in publishing cases.
Al-Abrashy was sentenced to a year in prison in 2007 along with three other independent editors for "publishing false information likely to disturb public order." An appeals court struck down the jail terms against the editors but upheld 20,000-pound (US$3,540) fines against each of them.