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Media crackdown more severe for Egyptian journalists

President Adly Mansour pledged to help secure the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste, arousing speculation that foreign journalists are receiving preferential treatment over local journalists.

CAIRO — It has been 60 days since Abdullah Elshamy last ate. The journalist has been in prison since Aug. 14 of last year, when security forces arrested thousands and killed as many as 1,000 people during the dispersal of a sit-in in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Abdullah will turn 26 in May. He was arrested at a checkpoint after police saw his visa with Al Jazeera identification, said his brother, photojournalist Mohammed Elshamy. He was accused of “inciting violence, spreading sectarian violence and killing police officers,” his brother told Al-Monitor.

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