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Mada Masr

Mada Masr is a private Egyptian digital newspaper published in both Arabic and English languages. It was founded on 30 June 2013, amid protests against the rule of former President Mohamed Morsi. Mada Masr was founded by Lina Attallah, former editor of Egypt Independent, who is also the editor-in-chief. It is one of the most prominent independent media in Egypt.

Mada Masr provides news and investigative content, as well as opinion articles. The site hosts a blog specializing in photo reporting and provides journalism training in various governorates. Mada Masr began its work with a team of young reporters who worked for the weekly Egypt Independent, launched in November 2011. In April 2013, Al-Masry Al-Youm's management (link to profile) decided to stop the print and digital copies of Egypt Independent for financial reasons and banned its last issue. Lina Attallah explained that Egypt Independent had taken a more progressive path in its coverage that led to its closure for financial reasons.

Mada Masr offers a content that is critical of the current authority's policies. In 2015, the military prosecution summoned one of his journalists, Hossam Bahgat, after he wrote a report on the trial of army officers who tried to overthrow President al-Sisi. He was released two days after his arrest thanks to an international campaign.

The Egyptian authorities blocked Mada Masr website on 24 May 2017, within a massive campaign during which they blocked 500 of them, including at least 100 news sites.  

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Lina Attallah, was the editor-in-chief of Egypt's Independent newspaper published by the owning company of Al Masry Al Youm newspaper. In 2013, and with a group of young journalists, Lina Atallah has established Mada Masr website in an attempt to create


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Hossam Bahgat,
is a journalist known for his investigative reports. He served as executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights from 2002 to 2013. Baghat was detained by the Military Prosecution for two days in 2015 after publishing a report on the trial of army officers who planned a coup against President Al-Sisi.


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