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Egypt: News agencies under fire over Regeni coverage

Egypt: News agencies under fire over Regeni coverage

Egypt

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit organisation promoting press freedom, is concerned about Egyptian press reports which suggest that the government is planning to take news agencies to court for allegedly spreading false news on the death of an Italian doctorate student Giulio Regeni.

The Reuters news agency, allegedly cited in the reports, said they have not received any legal notice from the legal affairs department of Egypt’s interior ministry.

Egypt’s interior ministry could not be reached for comment.

However, local media reports indicate that the legal action is in connection with an exclusive report by Reuters which cited intelligence sources saying that Giulio Regeni was detained by police and transported to a compound run by homeland security before he vanished.

Investigations into Regeni’s murder have resulted to a diplomatic row between Egypt and Italy.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has stressed that the reports are disturbing and should be considered a threat to independent journalism.