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Egypt Orders Closure of Ipsos Office in Cairo

Egypt Orders Closure of Ipsos Office in Cairo

Egypt’s Ministry of Manpower had ordered closure of renowned market research firm Ipsos in Cairo over alleged violations of health and safety.

A ministry decree was made public by the North African country’s media late on Saturday and was further confirmed by a ministry official.

Cairo had not yet carried out the order.

“As of June 20, 2017, Ipsos Egypt for Consulting Services is to be shut down completely for not carrying out a natural disasters assessment and not making a contingency plan to protect the building and employees in case of a disaster,” reported by Reuters citing the decree.

Ipsos is a global market research firm headquartered in France; it conducts audience research for Egyptian television networks.

Last year, Egypt’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) warned citizens against participating in surveys carried out by foreign media organizations. It argued that this poses a threat to Egypt’s national security.

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Engy Adham is a Cairo-based journalist. She works as the managing editor at Egyptian Streets. She reports on social issues and arts and culture. Previously published in Daily News Egypt, Ahram Online among others. She received her bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science from The American University in Cairo. Follow her on @J_Adham_

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