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    Egypt Passes Strict Anti-Terror Laws

    Will this quash Islamist extremism, or peaceful dissent? Many are wondering after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s adoption of new counter-terrorism laws following extremist attacks like the recent ISIS beheading. The legislation sets up special courts, enables the use of the death penalty for anyone found guilty of setting up a terror group and offers enforcers legal protection. It also establishes up to $64,000 in fines for publishing “false” reports — anything countering government statements — on attacks or security operations, which many fear will stop newspapers from printing the truth.

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