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| EPISODE 4

Censorship

How are authorities throughout the Arab world obstructing the work of digital media outlets? In what ways are governments repressing voices of the media? 
23 September 2020
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Created by
Sowt
Inkyfada Podcast
Directing
Ridha Hariri
Presented by
Rana Daoud
Montage
Andhouni Hana
Illustration
Marwen Ben Mustapha

In the fourth episode, Rana Daoud tackles the topic of media repression and press freedom. Monitored, controlled and even abused, many journalists throughout the region are still victims of authoritarian state practices, despite several improvements that have taken place over the past decade. 

The Egyptian media outlet Mada Masr, established in 2013, is a striking example of this practice, as the site has been censored since 2017 and its employees are regularly harassed and arrested by Egyptian authorities. According to Sherif Mansour, violations against journalists are steadily on the rise, even resulting in assassinations, as in the case of Jamal Khashoggi. 

Mansour additionally noted that surveillance is increasingly used on a legislative level. Under the pretext of fighting terrorism and cybercrime, authorities are targeting journalists and online media outlets such as Mada Masr, in the attempt to further stifle the independent press.

 Episode guests, in order of appearance:     

Lina Attalah, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of  Mada Masr

Sherif Mansour, Programm Coordinator  for the Middle East and North Arica at the Committee for the Protection of International Journalists (CPJ).

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