Egypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown

Egypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown
News photographers and journalists protest in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo February 8, 2015. (Reuters)
Updated 04 April 2018

Egypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown

Egypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown
  • Egyptian officials say authorities have arrested the editor of an independent news website for operating without a license
  • The offices of the Masr Al-Arabia website were shuttered

CAIRO: Egyptian officials say authorities have arrested the editor of an independent news website for operating without a license, the latest episode in a crackdown on independent media.
They say Adel Sabri was arrested late Tuesday and taken to a Cairo police station, while the offices of the Masr Al-Arabia website were shuttered. Prosecutors are questioning him Wednesday.
The arrest came a day after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won a second, four-year term in office, with 97 percent of the vote in last week’s election.
El-Sisi has since 2014 moved to tame the media, silencing critical voices and blocking hundreds of independent news sites as part of a wider campaign against dissent.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.