Egypt's newly elected leader, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, will
have to face many challenges as president, including the real crisis that
confronts freedom of the press in the country. Things were never good
for the press in Egypt, but they have worsened
significantly since former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted last summer. As CPJ
wrote in a letter
before the election to el-Sisi and his now defeated opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi,
at least six journalists have been killed since Morsi's ouster and
16 journalists are currently imprisoned.
Dozens more have been detained and released, creating a climate of fear and
repression that has dampened the ability of journalists to cover political
developments and the most recent election.