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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Neolithic village, Holiday-gate top coverage of Egypt

Topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning are more pickups of the Neolithic village found in the Delta and believed to predate the Pharaonic period.

Coming in at a close second are pickups of wire copy on the death of UK tourist Janice Bowles’ last week when her banana boat flipped over in Hurghada. The coverage intensified after her daughter Annmarie Cox put out a tribute to her mother, according to Sky News.

Keep it all in context: The latest development in the Hurghada holiday-gate scandal comes amid a solid recovery in tourism numbers that, along with the increased attractiveness of Turkey and Tunisia, helped drive a decline in the number of visitors to Spain in July for the first time in five years, according to Reuters. The key is to address concerns in the UK market before a black eye from a one-off event becomes a lasting scar.

Egypt is also being used as a talking point for civil liberties stories in other countries. Disdain for the media in countries around the world, including Egypt, is one of the legacies of US President Donald Trump, writes Jackson Diehl in an opinion piece for the Washington Post. The piece is part of a series of articles on press freedom coming out after a seven year sentence imposed on Reuters journalists in Myanmar for revealing the latest Rohingya Muslim massacres. Egypt is also in hot water (along with other Muslim-majority countries) for not speaking up on behalf of Uighur Muslims allegedly placed in concentration camps in China.

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