One of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists
Six years after the “25 January Revolution” of 2011, the situation of media freedom in Egypt is extremely worrying. Ten journalists have been killed since 2011 without proper investigations. Instead, Egypt is now one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists. Some spend years in detention without being charged or tried. Others face long jail terms or even life imprisonment in iniquitous mass trials. Under Gen. Sisi’s leadership, the authorities have waged a witch-hunt since 2013 against journalists suspected of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and have orchestrated a “Sisification” of the media. An increasingly draconian legislative arsenal poses an additional threat to media freedom. Under a terrorism law adopted in August 2015, journalists are obliged on national security grounds to report only the official version of “terrorist” attacks. A December 2016 law regulating the media is expected to increase government control of the media. Journalists and human rights defenders are meanwhile banned from much of the Sinai region.
159 in 2016
54.45 in 2016