On May 1, police raided
the headquarters of Egypt’s Press Syndicate in downtown Cairo and arrested journalists Mahmoud al-Sakka and Amr Badr. The incident is the latest development in a period of mounting tensions between journalists and the government in the wake of the April 25 public protests
against the state. The protests
, which were planned against Egypt’s decision to transfer the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir
to Saudi Arabia, were also preceded by dozens of arrests
, with estimates that at least 100 activists were arrested in one day.
Another 168 were said to have been detained on April 25 itself, including around a dozen journalists, who were later released.