Egyptian website editor arrested for republishing article on election fraud

HRF condemns the arrest of Masr al-Arabia's editor-in-chief, Adel Sabry, by Egypt's authoritarian regime.

(The Guardian) – Egyptian police raided the office of a news website late on Tuesday and arrested its editor-in-chief, according to three of its journalists, including its managing editor.

The raid came two days after the supreme council for media regulation, an official oversight body, told the website, Masr al-Arabia, to pay 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,849) as a fine for republishing a New York Times article on alleged irregularities during last week’s presidential election.

Two journalists at the website quoted the site’s lawyers as saying that police said they had acted because the website did not have a permit to operate. The journalists said the raid was prompted by the republishing of the New York Times article.

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