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3 Mada Masr Journalists on Trial Amid Ongoing Egyptian Crackdown on Press

HeadlineMar 08, 2023

In Egypt, three journalists from the independent news website Mada Masr are on trial, facing up to two years in prison and $10,000 fines for allegedly “misusing” social media and “offending” members of Parliament. Rana Mamdouh, Sara Seif Eddin and Beesan Kassab are being tried over an article last year about a government watchdog that uncovered “gross financial misconduct” among politicians. It’s the latest attack on Mada Masr by the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, whom Amnesty International has accused of turning journalism into a crime.

Reporters Without Borders says 73 women journalists around the world are spending International Women’s Day behind bars.

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