Egypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown

Handcuffs. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Handcuffs. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Egyptian officials say authorities have arrested the editor of an independent news website for operating without a license, the latest episode in a crackdown on independent media.

They say Adel Sabri was arrested late on Tuesday and taken to a Cairo police station, while the offices of the Masr al-Arabia website were shuttered. Prosecutors are questioning him on Wednesday.

The arrest came a day after President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi won a second, four-year term in office, with 97% of the vote in last week's election.

Al-Sisi has since 2014 moved to tame the media, silencing critical voices and blocking hundreds of independent news sites as part of a wider campaign against dissent.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

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