The re-solidification of an authoritarian order and the impending uprising in Egypt.
Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Forum and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama. In 2009, Dr. Elmasry received his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, where he was a Presidential Fellow. His PhD dissertation examined constraints on news production in Egypt. Dr. Elmasry held assistant professorships at Qatar University from 2009 – 2011, and at the American University in Cairo from 2011 – 2014. His research on Arab press systems and the sociology of news has appeared in reputable refereed publications, including the International Communication Gazette, the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of Middle East Media, the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, and the Global Media Journal. Dr. Elmasry is also a political and media analyst. He writes regularly for Al-Jazeera and the Middle East Eye. Research Interests: Media Studies and Egyptian Politics
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Since the July 2013 overthrow of Egypt’s first-ever freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s military-backed government has cracked down on political opposition, and, in the process, committed numerous transgressions against basic human rights. Egypt’s recent rights record is, by nearly all measures, poor. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights Monitor, the International Federation for Human Rights, Freedom House, and other regional and international rights groups, as well as numerous independent academic experts and foreign governments, have condemned what they consider to be a series of gross human rights violations committed by the Egyptian government. The list of violations includes the banning of political opposition parties, the shutting down of opposition media and charities, mass killings, mass arrests, widespread torture, forced disappearances, and the largest mass death sentences in modern world history, among other listed transgressions. Human Rights Watch has written that Egypt’s current human rights crisis is “the most serious in the country’s modern history.