TIMEP Brief: Press Freedom in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): TIMEP

Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-briefs/timep-brief-press-freedom-in-egypt/

Egypt today is among the world’s worst offenders against press freedom. While Egypt’s current constitution enshrines a free press, bans censorship, and ensures press independence, these rights are not protected in practice. The government has frequently imprisoned journalists or blocked them from reporting. With 23 journalists in jail, Egypt was ranked as one of the top jailers of journalists worldwide in 2019 by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The government has additionally targeted critical or independent news outlets for closure, and has blocked over 500 websites, including journalistic sites. 

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