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Protesters in Beirut hold signs during a protest against the detainment of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on February 8, 2014.
Protesters in Beirut hold signs during a protest against the detainment of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on February 8, 2014.
(HASAN SHAABAN/REUTERS)

OMAR EL AKKAD

How Egypt became the most dangerous place in the world for journalists

In late 2012, when I was in Egypt covering the massive street protests against then-President Mohammed Morsi, I took a taxi into the centre of the city – one of those chaotic Egyptian cab rides made excruciatingly long by unmoving traffic. As we inched along, the driver listed his many complaints about both Mr. Morsi and his administration: that the government had accomplished nothing of substance; that it was more concerned with consolidating its own power.