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Repression in Egypt Makes Free Election Impossible

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Marking the release of the March edition of the Egypt Democracy Compass, Freedom House issued the following statement about the state of democratic governance in the country:
 
“March’s Egypt Democracy Compass—in which seven out of eight indicators of progress on the roadmap to democracy were rated as ‘stalled’ or ‘backsliding’—shows the futility of the upcoming presidential election,” said Vanessa Tucker, vice president for analysis. “Less than a week after 529 people were sentenced to death in the largest mass trial in Egypt’s history, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that he would run for president. Though not unexpected, the announcement underscored the likelihood that the Egyptian authorities' assault on political dissent and freedom of expression will continue, and that any plans for genuine democratic development will be abandoned.”

Egypt is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2013 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Egypt, please visit:
Freedom Alert: Egypt's Trials of Journalists Criminalize Free Speech, Free Press
Letter Calls on Administration to Take Action to Help Secure Release of Journalists in Egypt
Egypt Democracy Compass
Press Release: Democratic Gains Disappear on Anniversary of Egyptian Revolution
Freedom in the World 2014: Egypt
Blog: Pattern of Abuses Continues in Egypt Despite Leadership Changes
Freedom of the Press 2013: Egypt
Freedom on the Net 2013: Egypt

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