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Egypt's last independent media outlet raided by police


Over the weekend, Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of Mada Masr, an investigative media outlet, and detained its staff for several hours. According to Mada Masr, two freelance translators and two crew members from FRANCE 24 were also present in the office and questioned during the raid. This comes amid a wider crackdown on dissent and free speech in Egypt. For more, we speak to Justin Shilad, the Committee to Protect Journalists' Middle East and North Africa Research Associate.


Meanwhile, in Iran, a week-long internet blackout has finally been lifted. This comes in the aftermath of violent protests sparked by increased fuel prices. According to Amnesty International, the movement and subsequent crackdown have left at least 143 people dead. This isn't the first time Iranians have taken to the streets. We take a look back at the country's major protest movements over the past decade.

And in Lebanon, clashes between protesters and supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah group are threatening to tip the largely peaceful protest movement into violence. FRANCE 24's reporters Roméo Langlois and Mayssa Awad went to meet supporters of the Hezbollah party.

>> Click here to watch our full report: Lebanon’s youth united in push for sweeping change

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