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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Egypt in the news on 25 September 2019

Media, human rights and the Egypt-US relationship are together leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press. A rare op-ed by New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger calls into question whether the administration of US President Donald Trump would have provided assistance to the paper’s Cairo bureau chief, Declan Walsh, who was reportedly set to be detained two years ago. The Trump Administration is said to have known of the threat of arrest and sat on the information. The story is being widely picked up: Financial Times | Washington Post | Independent | RTE | NBC.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on authorities to release Egyptian journalists said to have been detained while covering protests last weekend, and not to restrict access to news and social media sites. Amnesty International also issued a statement calling on world leaders to bring up the matter with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during the ongoing UN General Assembly meetings.

The foreign press also still has Mohamed Ali on the brain: Egyptian businessman Mohamed Ali’s stirring of the Egyptian people is being poked and prodded by an article by BBC, after protestors took to the streets inspired by Ali’s viral claims of government corruption.

Also getting attention in the international press:

  • The Egyptian startup scene: Egypt’s startup ecosystem is thriving, with incubators on the rise, tech innovation increasing, and several of our startups on the brink of unicorn status, Entrepreneur’s Aparajita Saxena writes, in a piece that reads like a who’s who of Egypt’s startup community.
  • Egypt is one of 18 countries that stood with the US in calling for the UN to remove “ambiguous” terms and expressions in UN documents on the grounds that such language could promote abortion, CNN reports.

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