Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
- The Egyptian government uses policies ranging from harassment and imprisonment of individual journalists to media blackouts and channel closures to stifle freedom of the press.
- In 2016, Egypt had 25 journalists in prison and was ranked as the third-worst jailer of journalists in the world.
- Following the police storming the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists for the first time in Egyptian history and the ratification a law that created a new media monitoring body with the power to fine or suspend media outlets, Egypt was ranked 161 of 180 countries surveyed for press freedom by Reporters Without Borders in 2017.
- This repression has stifled the ability of independent and critical media to hold the government to account.
Despite some hopeful openings for independent media after the 2011 revolution, Egypt today is among the world’s worst offenders against press freedom…
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