Mursi Passes Law to Free Journalist

Move comes amid concerns over press freedom in Egypt


Egypt's president has passed a law banning the pre-trial detention of journalists, after coming under fire over the arrest of two critics.

The order reverses a decision made hours earlier by a court in Cairo to detain Islam Afifi, a newspaper editor, until his next trial hearing.

Mr Afifi and TV station owner Tawfiq Ukasha were both charged after insulting President Mohammed Mursi.