Massive violations of media freedom in Egypt in 2022

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The Arab Observatory for Media Freedom has noted the continuous detention of journalists and the shutdown of news websites in a recent report on media freedom in Egypt in 2022. Sixty-three journalists were detained in 2022, while more than 600 websites were banned. The authorities released nineteen journalists. The human rights organization documented three hundred ninety-three violations as having occurred. They included publishing bans, arbitrary decisions, and imprisonment.

In 2022, the Egyptian government announced the National Strategy for Human Rights. Last year also witnessed the launch of a dialogue between the government and the opposition. However, according to local and international human rights groups, these initiatives have yet to change the country’s human rights situation fundamentally. The Egyptian government puts journalists on terrorist lists, bans them from leaving the country, and freezes their funds for practising their profession.