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Egyptian TV network’s sale concerns free-press advocates

It appears the Egyptian government has indirectly tightened its hold on the media yet again. An Egyptian security company’s subsidiary acquired al-Hayat TV network for 1.4 billion Egyptian pounds ($80 million) from Sigma Media Group.

Parliament’s human rights committee to conduct prisons examination to respond to HRW torture claims

Egyptian public officials have demanded visiting prisons and police stations following a recent report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the torture of prisoners.

Association of the Families of the Disappeared founder disappears at Cairo airport

Lawyer Abdel Moneim Metwally Hegazy, one of the founders of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared, disappeared from Cairo International Airport on Sunday as he was preparing to depart on a flight to Geneva to attend a session of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary …

High commissioner for human rights: Egypt uses state of emergency to systematically restrict civil society

Egypt has used the state of emergency imposed in April 2017 to systematically silence civil society and close civic space, under the guise of countering terrorism, said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein in a speech on Monday.

Human Rights Watch’s website returns after being blocked for 48 Hours

After being blocked for 48 hours, Human Rights Watch is now accessible again in Egypt. Last Thursday, the organisation announced that the Egyptian authorities had blocked its website a day after it released a report on systematic torture in the country’s jails.

Egypt busts organ trafficking network

The Egyptian Interior Ministry shocked the public Aug. 22 by announcing it had arrested 12 people who had formed an organ trafficking network in Giza governorate, south of Cairo. The revelation sparked the public’s fear of a rise in such trafficking in the country, as did media reports this week …

Human remains found in Upper Egypt renew organ trade fears

Heaps of unidentified human bones and remains were found by locals on several sites on a desert road near Egypt’s southern province of Asyut, reported Egyptian media earlier this week.

Al-Bawaba confiscated for report on fugitive former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly

The Sunday edition of the privately owned Al-Bawaba newspaper was confiscated by unidentified authorities for reporting on the disappearance of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, who has not been seen since he was convicted of corruption in April.

Egypt arrests government official, five businessmen over corruption charges

Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) arrested yesterday the deputy governor of the country’s coastal city of Alexandria, Soad EL-Kholy, along with five businessmen over corruption charges, Anadolu Agency reported.