Monday, February 1, 2016

Cartoonist Is Arrested as Egypt Cracks Down on Critics

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Declan Walsh and Amina Ismail

EGYPT---A popular Egyptian cartoonist was arrested Sunday on charges of running a website without a license, the Interior Ministry said, in the latest escalation of a campaign to silence the government’s online critics. The cartoonist, Islam Gawish, 26, who has 1.6 million Facebook followers, was arrested during a police raid on the offices of a news website based in Cairo. Although his satirical cartoons have been published online, Mr. Gawish was not seen as an especially vehement critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. [link]