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Egyptian security forces arrest son of al-Mashhad editor Magdi Shandi

September 10, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 10, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities must immediately release Omar Shandi and stop harassing the families of critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Al-Tahrir newspaper threatened by insolvency as website blocked in Egypt since May

June 25, 2019 4:50 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities should immediately unblock the website of al-Tahrir newspaper and ensure that media outlets can publish online freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egypt tests new censorship law with handling of al-Mashhad website block

May 7, 2019 2:44 PM ET

Magdy Shandi, editor-in-chief of the Cairo-based independent newspaper al-Mashhad, planned to send 30 journalists to report from polling stations while votes were being cast in Egypt's constitutional referendum between April 20 and April 22. He ended up ordering them to stay away, he told CPJ in a telephone interview...

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In Egypt, 'freedom' ends daily at 6pm for Shawkan and Abdelfattah

April 2, 2019 4:27 PM ET

Relief over the release of Egyptian journalists Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, and Alaa Abdelfattah from prison last month has been clouded by the conditions of their freedom. "I am happy to see your joy over my release, but I am unfortunately not free," Abdelfattah wrote to his...

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On International Women's Day, CPJ highlights jailed female journalists

March 7, 2019 6:15 PM ET

On International Women's Day, CPJ has highlighted the cases of female journalists jailed around the world in retaliation for their work. At least 33 of the 251 journalists in jail at the time of CPJ's prison census are women. At least one of those--Turkish reporter and artist Zehra Dogan--was...

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Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan finally free after over 5 years in jail

March 4, 2019 2:10 AM ET

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2019--Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was today released from prison after spending over five years in detention on anti-state charges, according to a post from his Twitter account. According to news reports, Shawkan said he was officially approved for release on...

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Egypt expels New York Times correspondent, detains local journalist on false news charges

February 19, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday's detention and expulsion of New York Times correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick and the ongoing detention of Egyptian journalist Ahmed Gamal Ziada, and calls on Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to travel into the country and report freely....

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Egyptian TV presenter sentenced to prison for interview with gay man

January 24, 2019 4:56 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2019--Egyptian authorities should drop all charges against TV presenter Mohamed al-Gheiti and stop their relentless campaign against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

December 13, 2018 12:00 AM ET

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A...

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Saudi control of Arab media, lamented by Khashoggi, shapes coverage of his death

October 30, 2018 2:59 PM ET

It is a cruel irony that Jamal Khashoggi's last unpublished column for The Washington Post was a call for press freedom in the Arab world. His homeland, Saudi Arabia, has spent the last three decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure that never happens....

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