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Libyan Newswire

Sinai: Reporting Egypt’s ‘War on Terror’

The Egyptian government has barred journalists from reporting on events in the troubled Sinai peninsula

The last time Mohannad Sabry, an Egyptian journalist who has reported extensively from the Sinai Peninsula, reported from North Sinai in June 2015, he received a phone call from a source telling him that every military checkpoint east of el-Arish was stopping vehicles, with instructions to arrest him.

"Does that make me, as a journalist, a terrorist in their eyes? Or as dangerous as a terrorist?" Sabry wondered. He left the area and has not returned.

These checkpoints are part of Egypt's security apparatus as the military battles an insurgency in the region. North Sinai is the main theatre of Egypt's ongoing "war on terror" against Wilayat Sinai, considered the most potent branch of the Islamic State group outside of Syria, Iraq, or Libya.

In his recently published book, Sabry suggests that the Egyptian military is more concerned with preventing information from coming out of Sinai than it is with tackling terrorism in the sparsely populated but strategic peninsula.

Source: Aljazeera