The Egyptian daily Mada Masr is still in the regime’s cross chairs

In the press this Monday, May 18, 2020, the arrest in Egypt was finally released by the editor of the independent Egyptian newspaper Mada Masr, Lina Attalah, a few hours later. And also: the emotions in Algeria, after death, at the end of the last week, by a young doctor, about the consequences of the coronavirus. And in France, a Sunday mass in “drive in”.

The front page of the Egyptian daily Mada Masr is the arrest and release against the bail by its editor, Lina Attalah, yesterday. Journalist lawyer – whose independent and often critical tone of Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi’s regime makes him unavailable in Egypt – the journalist was arrested outside the Tora prison, Cairo, while interviewing a human rights activist, mother of opponent Alaa Abdel Fattah, currently hunger.

In November last year, a daily search had already been the subject of a search, after which three journalists, including Lina Attalah, had been arrested shortly before finally being released again. Since Abdel Fattah al-Sissi’s power came in 2014, “a ruthless crackdown has erupted against Egyptian journalists, opponents and activists”, with Egypt occupying 166th place in the reporters’ rankings without borders on press freedom, with 29 journalists currently imprisoned.

The press was also killed, on Friday, in Algeria, by the consequences of coronavirus, by Wafa Boudissa. This 28-year-old doctor, eight months pregnant, had seen her repeated request for leave refused by her hierarchy. His death caused outrage in the country, still in the grip of a protest movement.

“How could this drama, which could have been avoided, have occurred in a context where prevention was crucial, though?” : Liberté-Algérie newspaper condemns a “deadly abuse of power”. Yesterday, the Health Minister announced that he had completed the duties of the head of the hospital where the young woman worked.

Wafa Boudissa, to whom cartoonist Dilem paid tribute, as well as to all the Algerian medical staff, whom he shows are sacrificed on the national flag, while trying to stop the progress of the coronavirus. A drawing also published by Liberté-Algérie.

In France, the development of Covid-19 appears to be slowing down. But after a week of decontamination, the situation is far from being back to normal.

Religious parties are especially forbidden. Forget it. In Châlons-en-Champagne, east of Paris, the mass has started over … by car, according to Le Parisien.

Yesterday, about 500 growers parked in about 200 vehicles in a parking lot to participate in the Sunday Mass. “This mass in the car is more than just troubleshooting,” commented the bishop of Châlons, who initiated the initiative. The believers who wanted to communicate were invited to come and light their farewells.