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Journalists carry Yehia Qallash, head of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, at a protest against restrictions on the press in Cairo on May 4. (Reuters)

Egyptian government clash with Journalists Syndicate marks turning point in censorship fight

A standoff this week between Egyptian authorities and the country’s influential Journalists Syndicate could mark a turning point in the fight for media control that has raged since before President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office.

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Don’t let al-Sisi’s government have Egypt’s last word

“I want to send a message to the world; there is no need for defending honorable Egyptian journalists.” That’s what Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said on World Press Freedom Day this year, speaking at Al-Ahram state newspaper. The same day, Al-Jazeera English Bureau Chief Mohamed Fahmy was roaring in an Egyptian court: “I want…

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Checkpoints like the one above have been set up all over Egypt. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Journalist killed, Turkish outlet raided in Egypt

New York, August 20, 2013–Egyptian security forces killed a journalist and wounded another at a military checkpoint late Monday. Authorities also raided a Turkish news agency and arrested its bureau chief, the reports said.

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Journalists report being harassed, censored, and attacked amid clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi. Here, Morsi supporters hold up his portrait and shout slogans. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

In Egypt, journalists report being attacked, harassed

New York, July 25, 2013–Several journalists have reported being harassed, censored, or attacked over the past week in Egypt, according to news reports and local journalists. The incidents come as Egyptian authorities have announced their intentions to abolish prison terms for insult charges.

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Online journalist reported missing in Egypt

New York, February 25, 2013–Egyptian authorities must do their utmost to determine the whereabouts and ensure the safety of Mohamed el-Sawi, an online journalist who was reported missing on February 21, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also calls on Egypt to stop using the law to intimidate journalists and prevent them from…

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference in Cairo on Saturday. (AP/Brendan Smialowski)

Egypt’s state-run media threatened by Shura move

The first test for the future of press freedom in Egypt since President Mohamed Morsi took office is not going well.

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Egypt must stop censoring newspapers

New York, September 27, 2011–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the censorship of two newspapers in the past four days, the first instances of their kind since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in February. Production of the Saturday edition of the independent weekly Sawt al-Umma was halted, while the daily Rose al-Youssef was…

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An Egyptian general walks through protests in Tahrir Square. (AP)

Egyptian media say foreign journalists have ‘hidden agenda’

New York, February 5, 2011–As journalists face ongoing attacks and detentions in Cairo, they are increasingly concerned that state broadcasts are creating an atmosphere that is encouraging violence against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State television and radio, along with pro-Mubarak private stations, are giving frequent airtime to presenters and guests…

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