Why is Egypt’s Interior Minister being published in negative?

Published May 5th, 2016 - 02:18 GMT
Journalists protest at the Syndicate on May 4 (AFP / File)
Journalists protest at the Syndicate on May 4 (AFP / File)

If Egypt’s Interior Minister read his country’s newspapers today, he will have been struck with an unsettling oddity.

All photographs of Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar appeared as a negative print – a spooky image that was reproduced across websites and social media as well as in newspapers.

The move was part of a much bigger protest among Egypt’s journalists, who also erased the Minister’s name from their papers, and plan to remove any mention of the Ministry itself until Abdel-Ghaffar steps down from his position.

The move is a protest against increasing media repression in Egypt, and in particular the arrest of journalists Mahmoud El Sakka and Amr Badr, employees of an opposition publication. Police broke into and raided Cairo’s press syndicate to arrest the pair earlier this week.

Journalists are also reportedly discussing strike action later in the week if action is not taken.

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