Egypt Watch

Cairo International Book Fair: Recurrent book bans

On Sunday,  Egyptian security authorities demanded the publishing director of Dar Al-Muntada, Sayed Saber, to stop printing, selling and distributing a book on the history of the Zionist movement at the Cairo International Book Fair.

According to Saber, the authorities who demanded he stops selling the book did not explain their reasons. The author of the book, Mohamed Medhat Mustafa, also said that the officers demanded that his reader not be sold. Security authorities also prevented Rawafed Publishing from printing a new book by Khaled Abdel Rahman, 42 Qasr al-Nil Street.

The book deals with the history of the Medical Syndicate from its inception until now, especially the strong union movement that it witnessed in 2016 after the security forces stormed Al-Matareya Hospital. The head of the Egyptian General Book Authority, the book fair organiser, Ahmed Bahey El-Din, refused to comment.