Egypt bars police from talking to the media

Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved restrictions on the police that will prevent them from providing information to the media, a move that critics saw as an attempt to further cover up high-level abuses and corruption. Amendments to the police authority law, approved by parliament, will bar police officers from providing information or publishing any documents, reports or photos related to their work without written authorization from the interior ministry. Police officers who broke the new law could face unspecified prison terms and fines of up to 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,252).

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