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Insult charges on rise under Mohammed Morsi

CAIRO — President Mohammed Morsi’s first 200 days in office have seen more lawsuits filed on charges of ‘‘insulting the president’’ than all Egyptian rulers since 1892, a leading rights group said, while another report laid out charges of continued police brutality since the revolution.

About 24 lawsuits for insulting Morsi have been filed against journalists and activists since his election in June, the Arab Network for Human Rights said in a report. Under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, four such cases were filed, the group said. Only one case was filed under Anwar Sadat, and five under King Farouk, it said.

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