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Journalists caught in Egypt’s crossfire

alt informationIn Egypt's bitterly polarized and often dangerous environment, it is the journalists covering the unrest that are caught in the middle, facing detention, intimidation, assault and sometimes, even death, Shahira Amin writes

Egyptian media reflects xenophobic sentiment of military

alt informationXenophobia in general and anti-US sentiment, in particular, have peaked in Egypt since the June 30 rebellion that toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian media has in recent weeks, been fuelling both. Shahira Amin reports

Third Square movement hopes to unite Egyptians

alt information Amidst Egypt's conflict and division, a third group has emerged between the military and the Morsi supporters -- one whose members hope to re-unite Egyptians behind the common cause of "a free, democratic and civil Egypt." Shahira Amin reports

Egypt, the military and the media: Worse yet to come?

After the fall of Egypt's Islamist president this month, security officials shut down media linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. With a history of biased media and an increasingly divided nation, the future in Egypt looks grim. Shahira Amin reports

Ahead of anti-Morsi protests, artists target Egypt’s minister of culture

Tensions have been building in Egypt ahead of mass protests called for by opposition activists on 30 June, the date marking the first anniversary of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration. Shahira Amin reports on the growing concerns for free expression

Egypt takes steps towards addressing sexual harassment

A proposed bill in Egypt outlawing violence against women has now been proposed by the country's National Council for Women. But is it a step forward in tackling the silence around sexual harassment in the country? Shahira Amin reports

Tamarod movement to oust Morsi gains ground in Egypt

A campaign called 'Tamarod' has already gathered millions of signatures calling for the ousting of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Shahira Amin reports on the growing discontent with the country's first post-revolution president

Egypt’s post-revolution media vibrant but partisan

The post-Mubarak press is sensational, tabloid and segmented media, reflecting the deep polarization in the country, Shahira Amin reports.

Egypt’s draft NGO law draws fierce criticism

Rights groups have decried the draft legislation, arguing that it is even more restrictive than the current Mubarak-era Law 84, Shahira Amin writes from Cairo.

Egyptian activists counter ‘state media propaganda lies’

Prompted by the Egyptian defence minister's denials that troops had killed or tortured protesters, a group of activists have been screening videos showing official brutality, Shahira Amin reports from Cairo.

Egypt’s Information Minister accused of sexual harassment

Egyptian Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud — a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ruling Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) — faces mounting pressure to resign, amid allegations that he sexually harassed a young female journalist. Speaking at an awards ceremony honouring journalists for courageous reporting last weekend, Abdel Maqsoud was interrupted by reporter Nada Mohamed, who asked “where is press freedom when journalists are being attacked and killed?” The Minister responded with “come here and I will show you where media freedom is” — provoking an uproar from journalists, activists, bloggers, and TV talk show hosts, who suggested that his comments — made in Arabic — had a “sexual connotation”. In a Facebook post, Mohamed (who works for Arabic news [...]

Egypt’s Information Minister accused of sexual harassment

Egyptian Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud — a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ruling Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) — faces mounting pressure to resign, amid allegations that he sexually harassed a young female journalist. Speaking at an awards ceremony honouring journalists for courageous reporting last weekend, Abdel Maqsoud was interrupted by reporter Nada Mohamed, […]