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Fellows' Papers
Journalism & Democracy

In the Shadow of the Pyramids

Laura El-Tantawy, a photo-journalist also from Egypt, has written an extensive study on the current state of free speech in her country.  Entitled ‘In the Shadow of the Pyramids:  A Case Study of Free Expression in the Egyptian Media, 2004-2009’, Laura examines how Egypt’s media sector has undergone what appears to be a substantial change in the area of print journalism and on-line blogging since 2004, in which the government has deliberately allowed more freedom of expression.  She looks at the restrictions on this opening up, and asks whether the government’s current strategy towards the media sector is one of sincere resolve or simply an act of showmanship to please its Western allies.