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Thursday, 18 November 2021

Human rights is back in the foreign press

The foreign press is shifting its attention away from Aswan back to criminal justice and human rights this morning, with the Associated Press and Reuters picking up yesterday’s sentencing of Zyad El Elaimy to a five-year stint in jail for spreading false information. A former MP and human rights lawyer, El Elaimy was on trial alongside two journalists, all three of whom have been detained since 2019 on charges associating with the Ikhwan.

More human rights: The Washington Post has a run-down of criticism being levelled at Egypt ahead of COP27, which focus on the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and human rights record. Meanwhile, the new emergency legislation covering pandemics that was passed by lawmakers yesterday is getting coverage in the New York Times. The bill hands the prime minister the power to shut down large swaths of the economy and the country during health crises — the same basic measures as were imposed last year at the beginning of the pandemic. The New York Times report emphasizes provisions in the bill that would authorize authorities to crack down on people who publish information officials deem fake.

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