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From TikTok to Jail: Popular Egyptian Influencer Arrested for ‘Violating Family Values’

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior announced on Friday evening that popular TikTok star Mawada Eladhm had been arrested a day earlier on charges of “violating family principles and values in Egyptian society” and “establishing, managing and using [websites and social media accounts] with the aim of committing those crimes”.

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Egyptian rights activists sound alarm over pre-trial detention of political detainees

Egyptian rights lawyers and organizations told Al-Monitor about the dire legal violations that the Egyptian authorities are committing by issuing court decisions to extend the pre-trial detention of political prisoners without allowing them to appear before a judge. These organizations have called for the release of all those whose detentions were extended …

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Detainee’s death raises concerns on conditions of prisoners in Egypt

“Prison doesn’t kill but loneliness does. I need your support in order not to die. I tried to resist on my own … so that I get out the person you’ve known; but I can’t take it anymore.” An Egyptian artist wrote these words a few months before he died …

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Egypt ex-minister slams $2bn IMF loan as ‘political decision to support Sisi’

Egypt’s former investment minister has warned a $2.77bn IMF loan will deepen austerity and inflict great harm on the country’s poor, as the Middle East’s most populous nation struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘Egypt has found a cure for covid-19’ — and other outlandish tales from Cairo’s propaganda machine

The spread of covid-19 has given the state’s propagandists a rich new source of material. One widely shared post on Facebook links the coronavirus to a 10-year-old plot linked to the rollout of 5G networks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, actor Tom Hanks and billionaire Bill Gates all make cameo …

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