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Despite promising improvements in press freedom in Tunisia, conflict and authoritarianism make the Middle East and North Africa the worst region for journalists in 2019.

Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, was released on Monday after spending nearly six years in prison following his arrest while covering a bloody crackdown on protests.

Egyptian photojournalist <em>Shawkan</em> imprisoned for covering protests finally free

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Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan imprisoned for covering protests finally free

Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, was released on Monday after spending nearly six years in prison following his arrest while covering a bloody crackdown on protests.

Egypt 'expels' former New York Times Cairo bureau chief

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Egypt 'expels' former New York Times Cairo bureau chief

Egypt on Monday detained and deported former New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief David Kirkpatrick. Egypt is one of the world's biggest jailers of ...

Egyptian photojournalist <em>Shawkan</em> due to be released from jail

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Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan due to be released from jail

Shawkan was arrested in 2013 as he covered a sit-in protest in Cairo's Rabaa Square, where more than 1,000 supporters of ousted ...

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#Jan25: New campaign remembers Egypt's 'fallen heroes'

'Killed in Egypt' aims to document the fallen heroes of the revolution and all the victims of the extrajudicial killings going on since 2011.

Hadani Ditmars

When did the murder of journalists become so banal?

Comment: There has been a dangerous cultural shift in attitudes towards the fourth estate, writes Hadani Ditmars.

The New Arab

Media watchdogs condemn jail sentence for Egypt photojournalist Shawkan

A media watchdog has condemned Egyptian authorities for an "unjust" five-year sentence handed down to a photojournalist on Saturday in a mass ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egyptian photojournalist to be released after five years' imprisonment

However Shawkan will be subjected to "police observation", meaning he will have to appear at a police station every day at sunset for ...

Saudi Arabia and Egypt grant impunity with military pardons

Hannah Porter

Saudi Arabia and Egypt grant impunity with military pardons

Analysis: The military pardons issued by Saudi Arabia and Egypt are effectively an admission of misconduct, writes Hannah Porter.

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Egypt court sentences 75 to death in Rabaa protest

The cases of 75 people accused of security-related offences, including senior MB figures, will be referred to Egypt's top religious authority to ...

Egypt delays verdict in mass trial over Rabaa protest

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Egypt delays verdict in mass trial over Rabaa protest

An Egyptian court delayed the final ruling into a case involving hundreds of protesters from a 2013 sit-in for “security concerns".

Award-winning Egyptian journalist '<em>Shawkan</em>' could face death penalty

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Award-winning Egyptian journalist 'Shawkan' could face death penalty

Mohamed Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan, could face the death penalty in Egypt for taking pictures of a military crackdown on ...

Journalism in Egypt: A stark warning to the world

Sam Hamad

Journalism in Egypt: A stark warning to the world

Comment: Freedom of the press is a tool for democracy, but in Sisi's Egypt, and Assad's Syria the press is being manipulated as a tool for ...

Jailed Egyptian photojournalist <em>Shawkan</em> awarded UNESCO press freedom prize

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Jailed Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan awarded UNESCO press freedom prize

Photojournalist Egyptian Mahmoud Abu Zeid - popularly known as Shawkan - was arrested while covering the Rabaa massacre in August 2013.

Noor El-Terk

Egypt: ‘Not a single journalist imprisoned’

Egypt's head of the media council claims that there are no journalists imprisoned because of their profession. Its track record says otherwise.

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt activists outrage at Hollywood star's Sisi forum appearance

Egyptian activists are angered by Hollywood star Helen Hunt's participation at an event organised by Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Charlie Hoyle

Impunity in Egypt reflects dark legacy of Rabaa Massacre

The Rabaa Massacre of over 1,000 people in 2013 marked a dark defining point for human rights, with a subsequent vacuum in justice leading to ...

Fadi al-Qadi

Authoritarianism: The nemesis of press freedom

Comment: Freedom of the press is a direct reflection of the liberties and respect for human rights a country affords its citizens, writes Fadi ...

Police State Egypt: The war on journalism

Jo Schietti

Police State Egypt: The war on journalism

While Press Syndicate leaders await a verdict in their appeal against imprisonment, and a new media law threatens further government control, ...

The New Arab

Egypt's Sisi pardons 82 'youths', overlooks best-known activists

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 82 "youths", including a prominent advocate of Islamic reform, however, the best-known ...

Meet the Middle East's 'press freedom predators'

Taufiq Wan

Meet the Middle East's 'press freedom predators'

Middle Eastern leaders make up a large chunk of Reporters Without Borders' 'press freedom predators' list, but Israel escapes censure despite ...

Police state Egypt: Jailing political opposition

Jo Schietti

Police state Egypt: Jailing political opposition

In the first of a series examining the war against democracy and civic life in Egypt, we look at the mass imprisonment of political opponents, ...

Egyptian photojournalist <em>Shawkan</em> transferred to solitary confinement, hearing postponed

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Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan transferred to solitary confinement, hearing postponed

Mahmoud Abu Zeid, arrested during the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in 2013, has been transferred to disciplinary solitary confinement, while ...

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