In the rise of more restrictive conditions on press in Egypt, especially after the ratification of the anti-terrorism law, journalists now face more obstacles as they carry out their basic reporting duties.
The anti-terrorism law, passed on August 16, stipulates that journalists contradicting official accounts of militant attacks can be fined between EGP 200,000 (app. $US 26,000) and EGP 500,000 (app. $US 64,000). However, with slow responses to terrorist attacks such as the huge explosion that rocked Cairo on Thursday -followed by two days of utter silence and absence of official statements- journalism is likely to face more instances of paralysis.