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Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Egypt’s top media regulator put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers, if they are deemed a threat to national security. The move, implemented on Tuesday, is the latest step by the government of President Abdel Fattah …

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Sources: Egyptian intelligence issues order banning ministers from appearing on air until further notice

Senior officials in the General Intelligence Services (GIS) have prohibited all state and private TV channels from hosting or airing phone-ins with any government minister, according to three different sources in the Egyptian Media Group, Egyptian Television Network and MBC Misr.

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Sources: 3 Warraq activists arrested to pressure residents to make concessions in ongoing land struggle

The arrest of three activists from Warraq Island earlier this week is being used to put pressure on Warraq residents to make concessions in a long-running battle over government plans to expropriate land on the island for a contentious redevelopment project, according to two sources.

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Rights groups: 2 Ramses crackdown detainees subjected to invasive physical exams that amount to ‘torture’

Invasive physical examinations were conducted on two people swept up in the wide-reaching post-Ramses Station arrest campaign, according to rights lawyers, who said the procedures amounted to “torture and sexual violence.”

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