Security forces raid Egypt’s last standing independent news outlet

Egypt’s ongoing and draconian crackdown on free speech, individual liberties and press freedom has targeted another media outlet after the office of Mada Masr in Cairo was raided and four of its journalists detained.


In a statement posted on Twitter Mada Masr reported that its offices had been raided on Sunday afternoon by plainclothes security forces.

“They immediately began confiscating everybody’s laptops and phones. When asked who they were, they aggressively refused to answer,” it said.

“Security forces left. Lina Attalah, Mohamed Hamama, and Rana Mamdouh have been taken to the prosecution, according to one of the men who entered our offices.”

Attalah is the news outlet’s editor-in-chief while Hamama and Mamdouh are journalists.


Earlier on Saturday news editor Shady Zalat was taken away from his home in Cairo. All four journalists were later released on Sunday and their work equipment returned.

However, two freelance translators, Ian Louie and Emma Scolding – who were questioned together with two crew members from the French TV network France 24 who were present during the raid – are to be deported.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Egypt as “one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists” while ranking it 163 out of 180 in its 2019 World Press Freedom index.

“The press freedom situation has become more and more alarming under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi,” RSF said.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa