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23 Sep 2019 | 10:12 AM UTC

Egypt: Several media outlets censored after protests September 23 /update 2

Egypt News Alert

Authorities censor several media outlets after anti-government protests September 23; further unrest likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2019, 11:00 PM until 9/24/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

Authorities have reportedly blocked several media websites as of Monday, September 23, after days of anti-government protests in Egypt. Blocked websites include that Al Hurra, and ARIJ after they reported on the demonstrations that took place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday across the country. Authorities also reportedly censored the BBC Arabic website. At least 220 people have been arrested in several Egyptian cities and towns - notably in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, and Suez following the protests. A prominent human rights lawyer, Mahienour el-Massry, was also reportedly jailed on Sunday after she attended judicial investigations into protesters arrested during the demonstrations.

Further protests and associated clashes between demonstrators and security forces are to be expected in Egyptian cities, including in Cairo, over the coming days. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be anticipated around protest sites.

Context

Several protests have taken place in Egypt since September 20, calling for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's resignation over corruption allegations. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, Matareya, and Suez. On September 21 and 22, demonstrators clashed with security forces in Suez, with police attempting to disperse crowds with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition.

Advice

dividuals in Egypt are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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