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New Egyptian authority believes media are a threat for country’s security

Since former president Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011, the Provisional Government has been wary of the media’s role in the country.

Early this September, authorities raided the offices of news channel Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) reported. Security services seized equipment and arrested an employee.

A few days before, Information Minister Osama Heikal said he would take action against “satellite TV stations that jeopardize stability and security,” according to Reporters Without Borders .

Several measures have already alerted press freedom organizations. Early this September, all TV licenses for new applicants were frozen. As another restraint, the provisional government banned every publication about Mubarak’s trial. IFEX calls it a “concerted security campaign against mass media and freedom of expression.”

The situation is also troublesome for many bloggers who were very active during the revolution and are now targeted by the authorities, according to Reporters Without Borders). Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad has been detained since March 28 for having criticized the government. He started a hunger strike about three weeks ago and is now in critical condition in prison, according to Reporters Without Borders

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