Egypt Journalists Blast New Anti-terror Law

ISTANBUL, TURKEY— New anti-terrorism legislation in Egypt is targeting the media and making it a criminal offense to publish news contradicting the government’s version of events in terrorism-related cases.

Local journalists say the move is a further major setback for their profession and argue authorities are intent on having a media of “one opinion and one narrative.”

The draft anti-terrorism legislation, which was passed by the Cabinet last week and is waiting the approval President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, imposes a minimum two-year jail term for reporting “false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts the official statements released by the relevant authorities.”

h/t MFS