Egypt in the News on 6 December 2020
The release of the three Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights members on Thursday led foreign coverage of Egypt over the weekend. Foreign publications attribute the move to the international pressure brought by politicians and celebrities in response to the arrests. Everyone from the Associated Press to the NYT picked up the story. Reuters also ran an interview with EIPR director Gasser Abdel Razek following his release.
Model Salma El Shimy’s stint in jail over a photoshoot by the pyramids is still getting digital ink after her release on Tuesday pending investigation. El Shimy later said that she was aiming to promote tourism to the country in light of the discovery of 52 coffins at the Saqqara complex. (CBS News | The Independent)
Also making headlines: Novelist and activist Ahdaf Soueif has lunch with the FT under the headline “I have a lot of friends in prison.” Meanwhile, Foreign Policy talks GERD, the Jerusalem Post says we’re going to crack down on child marriage again, and six people died in the collapse of a building in Alexandria.