Egypt Targets Guardian, NYT Journalists Over Coronavirus Reports

Egypt has revoked the press credentials of a British journalist with the UK’s Guardian newspaper, and censured the New York Times Cairo bureau chief over “bad faith” reporting on the country’s coronavirus cases.

“The correspondents’ rush to promote incorrect data does not justify them relying on an unpublished … and scientifically unrecognized study,” the State Information Service (SIS) said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It shows their intentional bad faith to harm Egyptian interests,” said the SIS, which is responsible for foreign media accreditation.

The statement followed an article published on Sunday by UK journalist Ruth Michaelson, citing Canadian epidemiologists who estimated Egypt’s COVID-19 infections had surpassed 19,000.

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