Egypt

How The Supreme Council For Media Will Subject Netflix And Disney To Egyptian Laws

This article was prepared and published by Masaar. In a brief statement posted on its official website, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) announced that streaming platforms such as Netflix and Disney have to be obligated to “the customs and values of the Egyptian state.” The statement raised a number of questions about the possibility and mechanism …

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Statement to condemn the continued blocking of Al-Manassa’s website

1 August 2022 The undersigned civil society organizations condemn the blocking by the Egyptian authorities of three links to access the Al-Manassa website within approximately 72 hours, starting from Thursday, 14 July. The blocking occurs as part of a series of continued restrictions on the website, which is one of the few independent news sites …

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To UK Officials: A Letter in Support of Alaa’s Freedom

To Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom Elizabeth Truss, and the UK Foreign Office: British-Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer Alaa Abd El-Fattah — locked up in Egypt to silence his activism — faces the risk of death unless the United Kingdom Foreign Office immediately intervenes for his …

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Egypt’s jailed activist Alaa Abdelfatah brings up second nationality for the first time as patience runs dry

This article was originally written by Dahlia Kholaif and published on GlobalVoices.org on April 19, 2022. Alaa Abd El Fattah, Egypt’s prominent blogger who began a hunger strike more than two weeks ago to protest his imprisonment, is demanding, for the first time following years in prison, that he be granted rights as both a …

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[Report] Doxxing of Residential Information Targeting Vulnerable Groups: Online and Offline Harms 

As part of an Oversight Board process to issue a policy advisory opinion reviewing Meta’s policies on the sharing of private residential information, SMEX submitted a report on the doxxing of personal information—specifically residential information— and its impacts on vulnerable groups and individuals in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.  Doxxing in the Arab region is …

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Global Legal Community Stands in Solidarity with Egyptian Lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer

We, the undersigned members of the global legal community, stand in solidarity with Egyptian lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer as he awaits his verdict on baseless criminal charges on December 20, 2021, following years of reprisal by the Egyptian state. We call on the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against el-Baqer, to promptly release him unconditionally, …

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#FreeAlaa: Freedom for our courageous friend and human rights defender, Alaa Abdel Fattah

Our courageous friend and colleague, Egyptian activist and technologist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, must be released from his arbitrary detention immediately. He has endured intermittent jailing since 2011, and for the past two years, has been held in pre-trial detention at the notorious maximum-security Tora prison.  Under Egypt’s Penal Code, two years is the maximum time …

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Enforced disappearances and accompanying impunity continue to prevail in the region

Today, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we the 33 undersigned local, regional, and international organizations, associations, and networks come together to highlight the dramatic and persistent nature of enforced disappearances in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the accompanying impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of …

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