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Egypt escalates crackdown on media ahead of election

AP  |  Cairo 

Egyptian authorities have published a list of telephone numbers for citizens to use to bring attention to any they perceive as undermining the country's security or hurting public interest.

The publication of the numbers listed in a statement issued late on Monday by the office of Egypt's is a step up in the government's crackdown on the media less than two weeks before the in which the incumbent, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is running virtually unopposed.

Last week, told his staff to monitor the media and move against any they consider to be "hurting national interests." The statement listed eight mobile phone numbers for different parts of Egypt, advising citizens to send complaints on WhatsApp or as text messages.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 16:20 IST