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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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Between the lines: Egypt’s censorship crackdown targets foreign book translations

Egypt’s National Centre for Translation (NCT), a state-run entity, has imposed strict new rules for translating books from foreign languages into Arabic, in a move described by Egypt’s cultural community and freedom of thought advocates as state censorship.

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‘Fear is overcoming me’: Egypt cracks down harder on media amid pandemic

When the editor-in-chief of Egypt’s most prominent investigative media outlet was arrested by security forces last month outside Cairo’s notorious Tora prison complex, Leena al-Deeb grabbed her phone to inform her best friend, a local journalist.

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