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‘7 years of abundance’ — The unusual media campaign celebrating Sisi’s anniversary

The headlines emblazoned across nearly all state and private newspapers in Egypt today, June 30, are emblazoned with praise for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and laud the “new republic,” a term Sisi himself used in a speech several months ago to describe the scope of his ambition to transform Egypt.

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The Pavements Don’t Speak: Silencing Street Theatre in Egypt

Although street theatre succeeded in establishing itself as an artistic genre in Egypt in the 2000s, the rising restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly have forced street performers to silence in recent years. Through a series of interviews with artists, this paper addresses the factors that enabled the rise …

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Reporter’s arrest, abrupt release chills journalists in Egypt

When small, scattered protests calling for the resignation of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi erupted in several Egyptian towns and villages on Sept. 20 and continued for several days, Egypt’s largely pro-government media downplayed the unrest, painting it as a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to stir chaos and sow division in the country.

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Egypt’s rising digital authoritarianism

Last week, an appeals court upheld the three-year sentence of Manar Samy, a young Egyptian woman charged with “inciting immorality and debauchery” for posting TikTok videos. Earlier, the appeal hearing of two other young female TikTok influencers, Haneen Hossam and Mawada al-Adham, who were sentenced to two years in prison …

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