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The Reporters Without Borders press freedom index unsurprisingly ranks Egypt as one of the worst places to practice journalism in the world.

Egypt has been ranked among the worst countries in the world for press freedom according to a leading international watchdog. The Reporters Without Borders press freedom index ranks Egypt 159 out of 180 countries, a one place drop on last year's position. The study ranks Egypt behind Pakistan, Russia and well...just about everywhere, although fans of a silver lining may take some solace in the fact we're still ahead of Syria, Iran and, of course, North Korea.

The news will come as no surprise to the countless journalists, including CairoScene staff, who've faced police harassment while attempting to cover political events in recent months. Meanwhile, the scores of journalists who've suffered arrest, abuse and indeterminate detention will undoubtedly have more pressing matters to trouble them than the results of this survey. Finland, The Netherlands and Norway were listed as the countries with the most press freedom. And Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Syria were ranked as the worst places on the planet for a free press.

The news comes just weeks after a similar survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Egypt as the third most dangerous place in the world to practice journalism. What happens next? Only time will tell but for now journalists, readers and anybody fighting for a fair and balanced media, regardless of personal politics, must stand together and fight against the brutality currently facing the country's media personnel.  A petition to free a number of international reporters currently being held by the Egyptian regime can be found here.


Todays Events
Ashmawy / Sebzz @ Cairo Jazz Club
Clubs
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 10:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: Cairo Jazz Club
The Danish Experience @ AUC Falaki
Theatre
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: AUC Falaki Theater
Neamat El Diwany @ Picasso Art Gallery
Exhibitions
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Picasso Art Gallery
The White Smoke @ Mashrabia Art Gallery
Exhibitions
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: Mashrabia Art Gallery
Basics Of Photography @ Beit El Sura
Course
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Beit El Sura
Copper Forming Workshop @ Darb 1718
Workshop
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Darb 1718
Music Park Festival @ Cairo Festival City
Concerts
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 4:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: Cairo Festival City
One-Day Hip Workshop @ Bardo Club House
Workshop
Date: 9/22/2017
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Bardo Clubhouse