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‘Egypt has found a cure for covid-19’ — and other outlandish tales from Cairo’s propaganda machine

The spread of covid-19 has given the state’s propagandists a rich new source of material. One widely shared post on Facebook links the coronavirus to a 10-year-old plot linked to the rollout of 5G networks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, actor Tom Hanks and billionaire Bill Gates all make cameo …

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Sinai editorial lands Egyptian journalist in hot water

In what free expression advocates described as another blow to press freedom in Egypt, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation imposed harsh penalties April 22 on the local Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper over op-eds calling for the independence of the Sinai Peninsula.

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Egyptian TikTok star Haneen Hossam arrested for ‘inciting debauchery’ over call for live-streamers

An Egyptian content creator was arrested after calling for applications from women who wanted to livestream for money. TikTok and Instagram star Haneen Hossam was arrested Tuesday morning by Egypt’s interior ministry after a video she posted caused uproar in Egypt.

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