German police have cancelled a scheduled workshop with Egyptian security officials on how to monitor extremist websites for fear they would use the skills acquired to target other groups in the country, according to a report by the Associated Press. German security authorities have collaborated with their Egyptian counterparts on numerous occasions, providing material and technical aid on combatting extremist groups and people smugglers. However, heightened concerns about Egypt’s human rights abuses have prompted German officials to suspend training on web monitoring for fear that the information could facilitate the ongoing crackdown “on other groups” in the country. Read: Arab states conceal security cooperation with Israel Egypt’s clampdown on freedom of expression has extended to social media and other communication […]
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