Egyptian website suspended for fake news

Egyptian website suspended for fake news

Egypt’s media regulator has ordered the closure of an independent news website for six months while it is investigated on suspicion of spreading fake news.

Mada Masr is accused of publishing material that damaged national security.

The website’s editor, Lina Attallah, has been asked to explain a report that Egypt might have to accept Palestinians displaced by the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The regulator says it received complaints from the public that the reporting undermined the Egyptian government’s policy of refusing to accept Palestinian refugees.

Ms Attallah received the 2020 Knight International Journalism award for outstanding journalism with impact.

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