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Egypt urges boycott of BBC after report on disappearances

The State Information Service has called for the broadcaster to issue a formal apology after a report on the repression of dissent.

Egypt’s state media has called on officials and the “elite” to boycott the BBC after it broadcast a report on the repression of dissent under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi which addressed torture and forced disappearances.

The State Information Service also urged individuals to refuse interviews with the BBC until it issues a formal apology.

It also wants the broadcaster to publish an official statement issued by authorities alleging that the report contains inaccuracies.

The report was published online and broadcast last week. It includes interviews with activists and other individuals who describe police abuses, including a mother who claimed her daughter was taken by police a year ago and has not been seen since.

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