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Egypt journalist’s life in danger after torture

The life of political prisoner and journalist Solafa Magdy is in danger as her health continues to deteriorate. Magdy was arrested in November along with her husband Hossam Al-Sayyad and a third journalist, Mohamed Salah, from a café in Cairo, and accused of disseminating false news and joining a banned …

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What Has Changed in Policing since the Arab Uprisings of 2011? Surveying Policing Concepts and Modes of Contestation

Since 2011, the police have been at the centre of the contestation rocking the Arab world. This paper maps out some of the main modes of contestation and provides a preliminary assessment of their impact on police practices. It argues that mass mobilised contestation succeeded in changing such practices only …

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How artistic freedom of expression shrinks in ‘new’ Egypt

The Jan. 25, 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak unleashed a creative revolution with the spontaneous emergence of a variety of art forms: graffiti, street performances, underground music and satirical online videos. Much of the revolutionary art was a form of protest against social injustice and repression, but it also acted as a visual commentary on the dramatic developments that were …

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‘Sisi shows no mercy’: Nine years on, Egypt awaits the rest of its revolution

Downtown Cairo is put on lockdown every January as the anniversary of the 2011 revolution approaches. The usually bustling city centre goes silent as the heavy presence of tanks and checkpoints makes itself felt, with people stopped, searched and often arrested arbitrarily. Even those who stay home are still in …

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Against All Odds: Evolving Civil Mobilisation in Egypt under al-Sisi

Paris, 23 January 2020 – On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) released today four research papers exploring different forms of civil and political mobilisation that developed and persisted in Egypt despite increasing repression since al-Sisi’s power takeover in 2013.

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Egypt’s Interior Ministry to confront attempts to ‘incite chaos’ during anniversary of January revolution

Egypt’s Minster of Interior said on Wednesday that police will “confront attempts by Muslim Brotherhood members to harm the country’s national security during the 9th anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution on Saturday, calling on the Egyptian people not to respond to what it said were “calls for incitement, …

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