Nine journalists, including the former editor of a local newspaper, have been summoned by Egypt’s state security prosecutor. They are due to be questioned on April 19 over the coverage of the presidential election, according to the general secretary of the journalists  syndicate.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the election with 97 percent of the vote on a turnout of 41 percent. The President had only one other candidate, who is a strong Sisi supporter.  All other potential opposition contenders pullet out in January.

On March 29, Al-Masry Al-Youm detailed how state officials were encouraging voters to head to the polls in several provinces on the final day of voting. It was later  fined the equivalent of $8,500 by the country’s media regulator for “insulting the presidential elections and questioning their integrity”.

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Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

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