Egypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown

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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