Worrying levels of state repression in Egypt : “worst in decades”, says activist
Campaigning journalist, Hossam Bahgat – recently detained by military authorities following an article written on Mada Masr (“an independent media outlet covering news stories that other parts of the Egyptian press shy away from”) – speaks out the state repression in Egypt. Comparison allow him to assess that it is greater today than under the Mubarak regime and even during the 1950’s and 1960’s decades.
Despite the approaching fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, restriction on media outlets, spike in the number of prisoners, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings of Islamists by the state are unmistakable signs of high level of repression.
Due to the country protest law, implemented by Mohamed Morsi in 2013, participation in any unsanctioned marches or rallies is unlawful. However, security and stability policies, notably against terrorism, help the government to justify those measures.
Though, after “worshipping him” two years ago and granting him “carte blanche” people are starting to question Sisi’s leadership. According to Bahgat, increased jailing of journalists indicates the nervousness of the government failing to “live up to its own rhetoric” as clear cracks appear.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan