Egypt’s Digital Foreign Policy

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Joey Shea Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-digital-foreign-policy/ In June 2020, at least 13 websites affiliated with the Ethiopian government were hacked and defaced. The targets were diverse, from seemingly innocuous sites such as Ethiopia’s Educational Evolution Office, the Statistics Centre, and the...

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World Report 2021 | Egypt

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2021/country-chapters/egypt Egyptians in 2020 continued to live under the harsh authoritarian grip of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government. Tens of thousands of government critics, including journalists and human rights defenders, remain imprisoned on politically motivated charges...

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From Free Space to a Tool of Oppression: What Happened to the Internet Since the Arab Spring?

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Marwa Fatafta Original Link:  As we mark the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring, we reflect on how increasingly authoritarian digital spaces have become. What tactics have authoritarian Arab governments added to their playbooks since? Read more at original link

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What Egypt is Losing by Silencing Journalists During the Pandemic

Source: Project on Middle East Democracy Author(s): Mahmoud Farouk Original Link: https://pomed.org/what-egypt-is-losing-by-silencing-journalists-during-the-pandemic/ As the coronavirus continues to spread in Egypt, the regime is stepping up efforts not to combat the pandemic, but to silence the country’s few remaining independent media voices. In recent weeks, security forces have...

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Egypt Media in International Indices and Reports (2020)

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Khaled Ashour Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-media-in-international-indices-and-reports-2020/   This report addresses the situation of the press, media, and freedom of expression in Egypt a year before issuance of the 2020 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in April 2020. The report reviews the index’s...

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Egypt: the pandemic undermines internal stability and regional ambitions

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Giuseppe Dentice and Alessia Melcangi Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/egitto-la-pandemia-mina-stabilita-interna-e-ambizioni-regionali-26249 Like other countries in the region, Egypt is also committed to coping with the sudden and rampant pandemic spread of Covid-19, a health emergency that has...

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Misinfo, Disinfo, and Fake News in Egypt’s COVID-19 “Infodemic”

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Joey Shea Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/misinfo-disinfo-and-fake-news-in-egypts-covid-19-infodemic/ As early as February, the World Health Organization warned of a “massive infodemic” that was accompanying the COVID-19 outbreak. Social media and traditional media alike have been inundated with...

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EGYPT: PRISONS ARE NOW JOURNALISTS’ NEWROOMS

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link:  Since 2016, the Egyptian authorities have consolidated their grip on the media landscape and intensified their crackdown on journalists daring to deviate from the official narrative, Amnesty International said. This clampdown on media not only violates journalists’ right to freedom of expression, but also the...

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State Terror in Egypt: Is It Time for Accountability?

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Khalil al-Anani Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/state-terror-in-egypt-is-it-time-for-accountability/ Egyptians have been living under a cruel dictatorship since the summer of 2013. The numbers of political detainees, extrajudicial killings, deaths in prison due to torture and medical negligence, forced disappearances, and mass...

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Global tech and domestic tactics: Egypt’s multifaceted regime of information controls

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Joey Shea Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/global-tech-and-domestic-tactics-egypts-multifaceted-regime-of-information-controls/ Egyptian security agencies have effectively combined sophisticated technology purchased internationally with their own home-grown surveillance and censorship tactics to produce a...

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Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Amy Fallas Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/ramy-kamel-mada-masr-and-seeing-coptic-issues-as-civil-liberties-in-egypt/ On November 23 security forces arrested Ramy Kamel, a Coptic activist and founder of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), from his home in Cairo, preventing him from accessing legal representation...

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How the Egyptian State Codifies Media Censorship

Source:  The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Nourhan Fahmy Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/how-the-egyptian-state-codifies-media-censorship/ With a raid on one of Egypt’s only independent news media outlets and the arrest of four additional journalists in just two weeks, rights groups and press freedom advocates sounded the alarm yet again regarding the...

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