Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

February 18, 2015 1:08 PM

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CAIRO (Reuters) - When President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said people should not moan about Egypt because it was not like war-ravaged Iraq or Syria, his remark gave birth to a joke: New Egyptian passports should read "The Country not like Iraq or Syria."

Humor was one of the only channels for protest under successive Egyptian autocrats accused of mismanagement, repression and corruption. But Sisi's tightening grip on power is leaving little space for critics, comics or cartoonists.

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