Egypt Daily Update: Arab Network for Human Rights Information Website Blocked

August 7, 2017

Arab Network for Human Rights Information Website Blocked

Hamas Reportedly Accepts Palestinian Unity Deal Brokered by Egypt, Abbas Declines

Saudi Prince Plans to Invest USD 800 Million in Egyptian Hotels

Cartoon of the Day: Stop It, We’re Full

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Arab Network for Human Rights Information Website Blocked

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) announced [Ar] on Sunday that its website [Ar] had been blocked in Egypt. The censorship of ANHRI’s website is notable, as ANHRI is the oldest and largest non-governmental organization devoted to freedom of expression in the Middle East. The blog [Ar] of political activist Ahmed Gamal Ziada was also blocked on Sunday, bringing the total number of websites blocked to 133 according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression [Ar]. Ziada’s blog is reportedly the first personal blog to be blocked by the government. Both ANHRI and Ziada have been targeted [Ar] by Egyptian security forces before. Ziada spent 500 days in jail after being arrested while covering protests in December 2013 and was then charged with protesting without a permit, belonging to the Muslim brotherhood, and assaulting police. ANHRI founder and executive director Gamal Eid is currently facing charges of illegally receiving foreign funding for ANHRI.

Mohamed Taher, a researcher for the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, told Mada Masr [Ar] that blocking a personal blog is an escalation in the Egyptian government’s censorship. Taher added that the blocking campaign is targeting content critical of the government, regardless of the source or platform. The publication of the weekly print edition of Al-Masryoun newspaper was also shut down on Sunday by security forces. Some sources said that authorities shut down the newspaper for claiming that Israel attempted to purchase parts of Sinai from the Egyptian government.


Hamas Reportedly Accepts Palestinian Unity Deal Brokered by Egypt, Abbas Declines

Hamas’ Gaza-based government has reportedly accepted a unity deal with the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah Party proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly initially accepted the deal, but then changed his mind and presented a counter offer. The Palestinian Authority is reportedly pursuing a reconciliation deal due to concerns about a rapidly improving relationship between Hamas and former Fatah politician and Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan. Egypt has pushed for a power sharing agreement between Dahlan and Hamas in Gaza, reportedly with the goal of pushing Hamas away from the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar and increasing Egyptian influence in the Palestinian enclave.


Saudi Prince Plans to Invest $800 Million in Egyptian Hotels

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal al-Saud plans to work with Egyptian conglomerate Talaat Moustafa Group to invest [Ar] 800 million dollars into a number of Egyptian hotel projects. Prince Alwaleed, the world’s 48th-richest man according to Bloomberg, plans to expand the Sharm el-Sheikh Four Seasons hotel and build new hotels in Cairo and on the Mediterranean coast in al-Alamein. Egyptian Investment Minister Sahar Nasr told reporters that Alwaleed “sees that the business environment is now attractive and he is committed to investing in Egypt.” The massive planned investment is a good sign for the Egyptian government, which has been trying desperately to attract more foreign direct investment to help offset painful austerity measures.


Cartoon of the Day: Stop It, We’re Full

“Stop it, we’re full… the government says that we eat a lot!!”
Makhlouf – Al-Masry Al-Youm – 08/06/2017


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