Executive Director Stephen McInerney Quoted on Press Freedom in Egypt

In an article for Voice of America, POMED Executive Director Stephen McInerney was quoted on press freedom limitations imposed by the current Egyptian government, as well as on the U.S.-Egypt relationship.

“The current government has gone to a further extent in limiting press freedom,” said Stephen McInerney, executive director of the [Project on] Middle East Democracy. “Countless incidents of intimidations and direct threats to journalists and their sources, censorship of articles and removing print copies of newspapers from circulation,” he added.

“The U.S.-Egypt relationship is in desperate need of a serious transformation, and the administration’s next steps will define U.S. priorities in the long term,” McInerney said. “On the very few occasions that the United States has used aid to Egypt as leverage, it has been effective.”

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