Egyptian editor briefly detained in Covid-19 reporting crackdown

Lina Attalah, founder of Mada Masr, arrested while talking to jailed activist’s mother

Egyptian security forces briefly arrested the founder of the country’s last independent media outlet in a growing crackdown on freedom of expression linked to Covid-19.

Lina Attalah, the editor-in-chief of the website Mada Masr, was arrested outside Tora prison in the south of Cairo while interviewing the mother of a jailed activist attempting to bring medication and hand sanitiser to her son.

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