Shahira Amin


Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, March 2, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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Proposal to extend Sisi's term sparks controversy in Egypt

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Signatures are being collected to lift constitutional restrictions on Egypt's presidential term limits and give Sisi more time to "implement the projects he started."

Egypt's middle class gets creative to cope with economic crunch

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

As Egypt's economy suffers and inflation soars, middle class citizens are turning to Airbnb, Uber and other nontraditional means of earning extra income.

Fatwa on the go: Egypt’s Al-Azhar sets up shop in Cairo metro

Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

While Egypt’s Al-Azhar says its recently installed kiosk offering fatwas to subway commuters is aimed at countering extremism, some see it as a sign of increasing religiosity in the country.

Rights advocates question Egypt’s decision to extend state of emergency

Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Critics of the Egyptian government fear that a three-month extension of the state of emergency will be used to crack down on them.

Popular anger at islands transfer highlights Egypt’s polarized society

Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Cairo erupts in protests over the proposed handover of two Egyptian Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia as protesters question the Egyptian government's intentions behind the deal.

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Shahira Amin is an award-winning journalist based in Cairo. Former deputy head of state-run Nile TV, she quit her job at the height of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising to protest censorship of her work. She has since worked as a freelance writer for Index on Censorship, Freemuse, CNN and other news websites, and as a filmmaker producing documentaries for UN agencies. She has been writing for Al-Monitor since January 2016.

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