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Egypt Media Roundup (March 27)

[Twenty-one-year-old prisoner Ahmed al-Khatib. Photo from the Facebook page of Ahmed al-Khatib.] [Twenty-one-year-old prisoner Ahmed al-Khatib. Photo from the Facebook page of Ahmed al-Khatib.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] 

Political Rights

1,181 students detained, 21 killed, 65 referred to military trials in 3 years: AFTE Egyptian authorities took punitive action against 2,297 student activists nationwide between 2013 and 2016, according to a report by the Egypt-based Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, supported by the Norwegian Students and Academics International Assistance Fund.

Calls for release of young Egyptian prisoner El-Khatib after rare disease diagnosis Several campaigns and prominent figures in Egypt are calling for the release from prison of twenty-one-year-old Ahmed al-Khatib after he was diagnosed with the rare disease visceral leishmaniasis.

Journalists Syndicate react to reduction of verdict against former head and board members New Journalists Syndicate head Abdel Mohsen Salama said that he “respects court rulings” following Saturday’s decision by an appeals court to reduce the verdict against his predecessor Yehia Qallash, former syndicate board member Khaled al-Balshy and current member Gamal Abdel Rehim to one-year suspended sentences.

Cairo court renews detention of journalist Ismail Alexandrani A Cairo criminal court renewed on Saturday the detention of Egyptan journalist and researcher Ismail Alexandrani for forty-five days pending investigation into allegations of being a member of a terrorist group and spreading false news.

Head of Egyptian lawyers syndicate attempts to defuse standoff with judiciary The head of Egypt's lawyers syndicate Sameh Ashour has denied the existence of a crisis between the union's lawyers and the judicial authority, saying that the one-day strike from criminal courts held last week was a decision made during the general meeting of the main union and its branches.

Consumer Protection Authority bans Uber ads deemed morally offensive Egypt’s Consumer Protection Authority determined to pressure transportation giant Uber to remove all material relating to its recent ad campaign, which it claimed is “inconsistent with Egyptian traditions and customs,” in a statement on Sunday.

Food poisoning spreads among Egypt’s children, likely caused by free school meals Over 300 children exhibited symptoms of food poisoning in three governorates across Egypt on Tuesday, adding to a spate of food poisoning cases across the nation this month in which free school meals are suspected to be the cause.

Egypt’s health sector in the shadow of devaluation: All roads lead to ruin Doctors Syndicate Secretary General Mona Mina argues that it is illogical to have to choose between poor resource management and privatization as pathways for Egypt's health sector.

Police personnel investigated for serious crimes in 4 separate incidents Four instances of Egyptian police personnel or former police personnel being investigated for serious crimes emerged in local media reports this week.

Palestinian found dead in police custody A Palestinian man was found dead in the custody of Egyptian police on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo.

Palestinian found dead in police custody A Palestinian man was found dead in the custody of Egyptian police on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo.

Egypt court sentences 56 people to prison over migrant boat mass drowning An Egypt misdemeanor court handed on Sunday jail sentences to fifty-six people over a 2016 migrant boat capsizing disaster off Egypt's Mediterranean coast that left around 200 people dead.

Egypt parliament to discuss amended protest law Sunday Egypt's parliament is scheduled to discuss on Sunday an amended version of the country's controversial protest law after one of its articles was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Constitutional Court.

An internal review of the Muslim Brotherhood: Reform, militancy or politics? The Mohamed Kamal wing of the Muslim Brotherhood issued a report on Tuesday in which it took stock of the organization’s wider policies and strategic decisions in the leadup to the January 2011 revolution and the role it played afterwards.

Economy

Egypt delays approval for Brazilian meat imports after spoiled meat scandal Egypt has suspended the approval of imports from a Brazilian meat processing plant pending talks with the Brazilian embassy, following police raids and a wider corruption probe into meat production in the country.

Books, copyright laws and the economy During this year’s Cairo International Book Fair, which opened 26 January, one day saw publishers leave their booths and descend upon the second-hand booksellers, who located in a section of the fair representing Souq al-Azbakiya, named after a street in downtown Cairo famous for selling books.

BP makes third gas discovery in Egypt's North Damietta Concession BP has made a gas discovery in the North Damietta Offshore Concession in Egypt's East Nile Delta, its third in the block, it said on Sunday.

Foreign Relations

Egypt and Sudan schedule talks following escalation of Halayeb dispute Egypt and Sudan are scheduled to hold discussions in Khartoum in the first two weeks of April, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, two days after Sudan made moves on disputed territory on the Egypt-Sudan border.

Palestinian president visits Cairo to coordinate with Sisi ahead of Trump meetings Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited Cairo on Sunday, invited by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in an attempt to iron out ongoing diplomatic tensions between the two governments. The meeting comes ahead of their upcoming meetings with US President Donald Trump, scheduled to take place in April.

President Sisi meets with head of US-based World Jewish Congress in Cairo Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received on Sunday the head of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder in Cairo for the second time this year.

Domestic Security

Leading member of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis killed in North Sinai raid: Egyptian army Five militants were killed in an army raid in North Sinai including a leading member of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, an Egyptian army spokesman announced on Sunday.

Explosion in south Cairo suburb kills 1, injures 3 One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion in the south Cairo suburb of Maadi on Friday morning.

25 people killed in mid-Sinai crossfire More than two-dozen people died in mid-Sinai on Thursday during crossfire between security forces and armed militants, according to a statement by Egypt’s military spokesperson, including ten security personnel and fifteen militants.

Arabic

قوانين أكلها القط.. (1) الإيجار القديم يهدد الأمن القومي A bill regulating the relationship between owner and tenant tabled by the Egyptian parliament. 

معاش المدني ومعاش العسكري.. لا يستويان Mada Masr investigates significant civilian and military wage gaps in Egypt, a problem that has not been addressed for years.

اليوم.. مجلس «الصحفيين» يعقد أول اجتماعاته لبحث تشكيل هيئة المكتب Journalists Syndicate’s Council held its first meeting under its newly-elected board Thursday. 

)تعديلات جديدة في لائحة قانون العمد والمشايخ (نص القرار The Official Gazette published Thursday the Interior Minister’s decision to amend the executive regulations on mayors’ law.

الإخوان: نتعرض لحملة ضارية وحرب معلنة لكنها ستفشل On the occasion of its eighty-ninth anniversary, the Muslim Brotherhood released a statement stating that they are committed to defend their mission at all costs.

مطالبات بـ"عفو صحي" لمهدي عاكف بعد تعرضه لكسر بالفخذ Social media activists called on Egyptian authorities to release former MB supreme guide, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, after he was injured in prison.

توقيف ثلاثة ضباط مصريين بتهمة تعذيب مشتبه به حتى الموت  Three police officers suspected of torturing a prisoner to death were arrested and detained for four days.

الثوري المصري يطلق حملة دعما لصمود "مرسي" وتمسكا بشرعيته Egypt’s Revolutionary Council launched a campaign titled “Morsi, The President and Leader”, in support for the legitimacy of the ousted president.

مصر | زيادات جديدة على الأسعار... وأخرى على الطريق Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, will hold meetings with relevant ministries starting next week to identify the necessary measures for cuts in government subsidies. 

من واقع الاقتصاد المصري: الاستثمار في زمن الدولة الأمنية The Supreme Council of Investment has been expanding its control over Egypt’s business activities, creating an unwelcoming environment for investment.

لهذه الأسباب.. الحكومة قد تؤجل انتخابات المحليات لما بعد الرئاسة 2018 Egyptian municipal elections are likely to be held after the presidential elections in 2018, according to parliamentary sources. 

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