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Egypt's journalism crackdown continues despite 'national dialogue'

The Egyptian authorities' crackdown on Mada Masr has been criticized by civil society groups.
Egyptian journalist Lina Attalah, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Cairo-based online newspaper Mada Masr, gives an interview with AFP, Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 28, 2020.

The Egyptian authorities have charged four journalists from Mada Masr, one of the country’s last independent news outlets, with insulting members of parliament, misusing social media and spreading fake news. Rights groups say this is the latest sign that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has no intention of allowing space for dissent despite the ongoing national dialogue with secular opposition parties.

The National Future Party (NFP) — the largest party in parliament that is closely tied to Sisi — filed lawsuits in several governorates in Egypt after Mada Masr reported Aug. 31 that the party was about to oust a number of senior members for corruption. 

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