No space for dissent

Famous talk-show host deported from Egypt during crackdown

CAIRO, EGYPT - March 26: Liliane Daoud, the host of a talk program at ONTV channel in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images)

Liliane Daoud, a Lebanese talk-show host in Egypt who has been outspoken in her criticism of the Egyptian government, has reportedly been deported from the country as government forces are cracking down on free speech and dissent. On Monday, just hours after her contract at her employer ONTV had been terminated “eight men in civilian clothes saying they are from immigration kidnapped Lilian Daoud from her house and are saying that there is an order for her deportation,” her lawyer, Zyad Elelaimy, claimed on Twitter. He added that she had  pledged to “take all measures” to return to Egypt once she arrives in Lebanon.

On the same day, Mozn Hassan, the prominent director of a women’s rights organization in Egypt had been banned from leaving the country, according to Human Rights Watch. Since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took over leadership of the country, after the military overthrow of then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, his government has cracked down on dissent in the country, arresting thousands of people. “Any form of dissent is perceived as threatening [by Sissi’s government],” Nadim Houry, Human Rights Watch’s deputy director for the Middle East said. “The space for dissent in Egypt has not been this narrow in decades … it’s worse than Mubarak,” he said, adding that the had been struck by the “deafening silence” on these issues from the country’s traditional allies, and the United States in particular.

Read the full story at NBC News.


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