‘Broadcasting false rumours’ criminalised as government imprisons journalists and bloggers to stifle dissent

When officers from Egypt’s National Security Agency came crashing into Amal Fathy and Mohammed Lotfy’s house on a pre-dawn raid in early May, there was little mention of the words “fake news”.

The couple were taken to the local police station along with their infant son, who was released together with his father several hours later.

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