Press advocacy group accuses Egypt of censoring newspapers

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists is condemning recent reports that Egyptian newspapers were prevented from being printed or circulated because they had content critical of the country's president.

A regional coordinator for the New York-based organization says in a statement that Egypt "is resorting to crude censorship."

The CPJ has been vocal about limitations on Egypt's media. In July, it wrote an open letter to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi urging him not to sign a draft law that included heavy fines for journalists who don't follow the government line. El-Sissi approved the law this month.

The new CPJ statement, issued Tuesday, says the recent reports concern the Al Mesryoon, Al Sabah and Sawt al Ummah newspapers.

The group also says 22 journalists are in jail in Egypt "because of their work."

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