Egypt police confiscate rights group’s publication
CAIRO: Egyptian security forces confiscated copies of a human rights group’s newsletter, saying the publication threatened the government, the head of the group said Sunday.
Gamal Eid, the head of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, said police seized 1,000 copies of the publication, entitled Wasla, or Link, from the print shop the night before, also arresting a worker at the press.
The newsletter is a digest of blogs and social media content that has been distributed to select readers by mail since 2010. The current issue focused President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, with activists discussing the sources of his popularity.
Eid said security officials told lawyers that the publication was part of a plan to “overthrow the regime” and was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Eid called the accusations “ludicrous,” and gave an ominous sign for freedom of expression under the new president, just a week into his term.