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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Is Reuters under fire?

Reuters under fire? Aside from news coming out of the 25 April protests, the foreign press also caught wind of the case reportedly filed against Reuters Cairo bureau chief Michael Georgy over a story implicating Egyptian security forces in the detention of Italian student Giulio Regeni, on which we reported on Sunday. The possibility that the government would consider high-profile attack on the foreign press as it did with Al Jazeera is a concern, the Guardian quotes HA Hellyer of the London-based Royal United Services Institute as saying. “[Egypt] will be rather cautious about inviting that sort of hassle – but that’s not to say they can’t find other ways to make things difficult for Reuters to operate,” he said. “I’m sure the Reuters team is in danger," Sherif Mansour, the Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator at the Committee for the Protection of Journalists told VICE News. “There are threats being made against them in very high places.” A member of the prosecution service has confirmed that while a complaint against Reuters was lodged by a police commander, the PG’s office is still investigating and has yet to reach any conclusion or summon Georgy for questioning. The original Reuters story at the center of the controversy is here.

The latest polemic against President Abdel Fattah El Sisi from a former member of the State Department moved over to the think-tank side is out now. Read it here, if you’re so inclined.

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