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Independent Egyptian media outlet says police raided HQ

/ 09:58 PM November 24, 2019
Independent Egyptian media outlet says police raided HQ

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks at the “G20 Investment Summit – German Business and the CwA Countries 2019” on the sidelines of a Compact with Africa (CwA) in Berlin, Germany on Nov. 19, 2019. (John MacDougall/Pool via AP)

CAIRO — An Egyptian media outlet critical of the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said plainclothes police have raided its headquarters in Cairo.

Mada Masr, one of a shrinking number of independent news websites in Egypt, reported the raid in a tweet Sunday. It says: “Staff are currently being held inside, and their phones have been switched off.” It was unclear how many people were inside the office.

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A police spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The raid came a day after Mada said security forces detained one of its editors, Shady Zalat, at his home in Cairo early Saturday.

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Mada Masr, which publishes critical reports about the government and security agencies, is one of the hundreds of websites blocked by the Egyptian government in recent years.

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