Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi approves anti-terrorism law

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has approved an anti-terrorism law that sets up special courts and provides protections to its enforcers.

The controversial law, published in the government’s official gazette yesterday, sets a minimum fine of 200,000 pounds and a maximum of 500,000 pounds for anyone who strays from government statements in publishing or spreading false reports on attacks or security operations against armed fighters.

It also shields those applying it, such as the military and police, from legal ramifications for the proportionate use of force in performing their duties, as well as seek prison terms for those found guilty of inciting, or prepared to incite, directly or indirectly, a terrorist act.

However, critics have said the steep fines may shut down smaller newspapers, and deter larger ones from independently reporting on attacks and operations against armed fighters.


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