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Egypt’s jailed journalists: In numbers

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO has awarded its World Press Freedom Prize to imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, despite criticism from the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following the announcement last week.

Relatives raise concern over ‘missing’ Russian citizens in Egypt

Relatives of as many as 18 Russian citizens, including eight children, have expressed concern about the wellbeing of their Egypt-based family members, saying they are unable to establish their whereabouts after they were taken away by suspected secret police officers.

Chief editor of Al-Tahrir website accused of insulting judiciary, released on bail

The chief editor of the privately owned Al-Tahrir news website, Mohamed Fawzy, was questioned by the prosecution on Saturday concerning an article published by the newspaper about alleged crimes by members of the judiciary. He was released hours later on LE5,000 bail, pending further investigation.

Sisi approves law to establish anti-terror supreme council

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi signed off on Tuesday a legislation to establish the Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism to act as an independent body with all technical, financial and administrative powers, state news agency MENA reported.

Egypt to decline any request by US to send troops to Syria: former intelligence official

In response to a recent report published by American newspaper The Wall Street Journal regarding an alleged request by the United States to Egypt to send armed forces to Syria, former undersecretary of Egypt’s General Intelligence Mohammad Rashad said that Egypt will summarily decline any such invitation.