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Egypt’s Hollowed-Out Society

On Wednesday, three judges in Cairo will decide whether to allow prosecutors to pursue their case against me and my co-defendant, the journalist and human rights advocate Hossam Bahgat, in the government’s continuing attack on nongovernmental organisations in Egypt. The case against me has centred on my role in founding the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, which aims to educate the Egyptian public about their civil and human rights. As for Mr Bahgat, it is widely known that his investigative reporting has rattled the government. But the case against him has focused on the activities of the organisation he ...

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