Egypt: Eminent journalist arrested after demanding Sisi step down

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Egyptian security arrested, on Sunday, the well-known journalist Abel Nasser Salama from his house in Alexandria. Salama worked as the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram, the most prominent state-owned daily in Egypt, from 2012 to 2014.

Salama’s detention came after a campaign against the journalist launched by several state-sponsored media figures after Salama published an article on his Facebook page, in which he accused Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of holding the responsibility of “heavy defeat before Ethiopia and wasting Egypt’s historical right to the Nile’s water,” according to Salama’s words. Following that, a lawyer filed a report to the Attorney General against Salama accusing him of incitement to overthrow the ruling regime in Egypt and publishing false news for the purpose of spreading chaos in the country.

Under the title of “Do it Mr. President,” Salama wrote, “Why doesn’t President Sisi have the moral courage to hold the direct responsibility of the heavy defeat before Ethiopia and wasting Egypt’s historical right to the Nile’s water, when he gave legitimacy to the dam via signing the 2015 ominous agreement.” Salama added, “He was realising the consequence of his deeds then.”

In the article, Salama demanded Sisi step down from power and present himself to trial, “after he wasted Egypt’s wealth on useless armament and burdened the country with heavy debts.”