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Monday, 12 February 2018

Sinai anti-terror operation, Tillerson visit dominate coverage of Egypt in the foreign press

The Armed Forces’ sweeping anti-terror operation in North Sinai continues to dominate coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning, followed by US State Secretary Rex Tillerson’s arrival in Cairo yesterday to kick off his Middle East tour, an undertaking that was already “daunting” before the collision between Israel and Iran at the Syrian border, notes the New York Times.

Cairo is one of 11 major cities that are likely to run out of drinking water, says the BBC. Statistics from the UN show that the city could face “critical shortages” by 2025 due to water pollution. “WHO figures show that Egypt ranks high among lower middle-income countries in terms of the number of deaths related to water pollution.”

Mada Masr is a rare example of hard-hitting investigative journalism in Egypt at a time when space for dissent has dramatically shrunk, writes Heba Saleh for the Financial Times. “We are investigators of the truth and this sometimes puts us in the position of opposition to power by default,” says Lina Atalla, editor-in-chief. “Critical voices have been largely banished from the airwaves and security agencies have even bought up private organizations, including satellite channels. But Mada Masr has defiantly continued to produce hard-hitting news, garnering a reputation for solid reporting and daring investigations,” Saleh says.

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