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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

El Sisi orders 3-month renewal of Egypt’s state of emergency

On a slow day for Egypt in the foreign press, coverage centered mostly on pickups of areport by Amnesty Internationalon Egypt’s use of French weapons. The report alleges that these weapons were deployed against protesters in Egypt during political unrest in 2013. The Washington Post and New York Times, for example, have both picked up AP stories on the report.

Coming in at a close second is President Abdel Fattah El Sisi extending the nationwidestate of emergency for an additional three months. The House of Representatives is expected to rubber-stamp the presidential decree — which was published in the Official Gazette yesterday — within seven days, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Egypt features heavily in a piece by Jared Malsin for the Wall Street Journal on how the disappearance and likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has “darkened the outlook for Arab dissidents,” including Egyptian Islamists in exile.

Thank the English for all of their help sending tourists our way: The tabloid press in the UK has moved on from “horror hotel” and “imprisoned UK drug trafficker” stories. Witness the Daily Mail’s clickbait-optimized headline: Horrific images capture the brutality of Egypt’s dog cull which sees strays poisoned and thrown into rivers or shot dead and left to rot in the streets.

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