Egypt: New anti-terror law 'setback for press freedom'

  • Publishing news related to terrorism that contradicts the official line in Egypt can result in prison sentences, according to a new anti-terror law.

    The draft law is being seen by local journalists as a blow to press freedom.

    It has already been approved by the state council and cabinet, and only requires the backing of Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

    The move comes after scores of people were killed in a battle between militants and soldiers in the restive Sinai province. Though the Egyptian military said that 17 troops had died in the clashes, some media reports put the death toll much higher.

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