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What media coverage of Alaa Abdel Fattah says about the invisibility of Muslim Men’s Suffering

Egyptian political prisoner Alaa Abdel Fattah has been on hunger strike since April to protest the injustice of his charges. The activist, who was at the forefront of anti-government protests in Egypt, has been repeatedly imprisoned since 2014 and is currently serving a five-year sentence for ‘spreading fake news’.

Egypt bans judiciary members from media appearance, even on private social media accounts

A senior court in Egypt has banned judges and public prosecutors from speaking, writing or appearing in print, audio or video media, including all social media platforms, in their personal or professional capacities, no matter what the subject matter, Arabi 21 has reported. Disciplinary action is threatened if anyone breaks …

Digital authoritarianism: The rise of electronic armies in the Middle East

For years, promotional videos of humanoid robots created by the US engineering firm Boston Dynamics have fuelled speculation and alarm over the potential for a future army of automatons. With eerie precision, the robots are shown running, jumping and practising parkour. In some ways, they seem uncannily human; in other …

Egyptian artist faces ‘terrorism-related charges’

A Cairo state security prosecutor ordered this week the detention of Egyptian artist Amir Abdel-Ghani for 15 days, pending further investigation into “terrorism-related” charges, nine days after he was reportedly taken by unidentified men to an unknown location believed to be the state security agency, according to his lawyer.