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Egypt’s prisons are hell. No ‘deep fake’ PR video can hide that

On October 28, Egypt’s Interior Ministry released a slick, heavily produced video showcasing a new state-of-the-art prison mega-complex. The Wadi El Natrun Correctional and Rehabilitation Center complex is supposed to replace 12 prisons that currently hold 25 percent of the country’s total estimated prison population of 114,000 – tens of …

Security arrests suspects of fabricating phone call between high-level officials over bribery

Egypt’s National Security Agency has arrested two suspects of impersonating two high-level officials and fabricating a phone call in which they negotiated illegal awarding of contracts of some major national projects to certain companies in exchange for a huge bribe, with the aim of defaming the Egyptian government.

The struggle for prison letters: How the National Security Agency controls access to correspondence for detainees

Abdelrahman ElGendy says letters were a crucial lifeline for him during the six years he spent locked up in five different prisons between 2013 and 2020. “Letters were not only important, they literally saved my life,” he says. “I was only living because I was looking forward to them from …