Egypt's independent press to strike on October 7

Egypt press plans day without papers in rights protest:

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian independent and opposition newspapers will not publish on October 7 in protest at a government clampdown that has seen several journalists sentenced to prison terms in recent weeks.

Editors from 15 newspapers agreed to the protest "against the fierce campaign against the free press in Egypt" at a meeting late on Wednesday, according to a statement received by AFP on Thursday.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,