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Mostafa Essam Shaat is a human rights researcher specializing in freedom of media and press at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression in Egypt. He holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame. He previously worked with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies where he assisted in the coordination of their “Egypt’s Transition” Program.

Media Law in Egypt and the Universal Principles of Freedom of Expression

In an effort to elucidate the legal structures governing the media in Egypt, as well as the country's declared obligations according to international law, Mostafa Shaat offers a breakdown of the existing frameworks, highlighting inconsistencies between the legal concept of freedom of the press as delineated in international law and Egypt's national laws. He further discusses some of the current reform efforts underway.

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