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Egyptian law grants syndicates judicial powers over artists

In a move that sparked the outrage of artistic freedom advocates, the parliament’s culture and media committee approved Tuesday a law amendment that gives the three syndicates the right to crack down on artistry they described as “substandard”.

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Former MP, journalist, activists handed lengthy prison sentences for false news charges

Politician Zyad Elelaimy, journalist Hisham Fouad, Hossam Moanis, and three other political activists were handed lengthy prison sentences on Wednesday after an emergency state security misdemeanor court convicted them on charges of “spreading false news at home and abroad that suggested to public opinion the illegitimacy of state institutions,” according …

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New law on pandemics, epidemics grants govt powers to regulate private healthcare costs, introduces penalties for publishing false information about health affairs

A new law will grant the government exceptional powers to respond to pandemics and epidemics, which are set to include prison sentences for charges of publishing false information about health affairs.

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