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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Egypt in the News on 20 February 2019

NYT’s David Kirkpatrick denied entry to Egypt: Former New York Times Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick was barred from entering Egypt after he landed in Cairo on Monday evening, according to the New York Times’ Declan Walsh. Kirkpatrick was reportedly held “incommunicado for hours before forcing him onto a flight back to London without explanation” on Tuesday morning. No explanation was given for the move, according to Walsh. State Information Service boss Diaa Rashwan said the move was the “right of any state” and added that similar incidents have occurred in Western countries, according to the Wall Street Journal. Kirkpatrick released last year his book, Into the Hands of the Soldiers, which details his coverage of the popular uprising against Ikhwan-era president Mohamed Morsi and its handling by the Obama administration.

The story is beginning to pick up steam in the foreign press, with the Associated Press and the Washington Post.

Other headlines worth noting in brief:

  • Tourism: After contemplating whether it’s safe for tourists to visit Egypt in 2019, The Week concluded “yes, but only with due diligence.”
  • Death sentences handed to nine men convicted of the 2015 assassination of the prosecutor general are making headlines as Amnesty International calls for their release citing “unfair trials.”

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