British-Egyptian lawyer Hafsa Halawa, who was given a suspended sentence in Egypt's NGO trial earlier this year, says the country has become increasingly polarized. The media's propaganda war fuels Egypt's divide even further.
So far this year, a car bomb gutted the Cairo police headquarters, a military helicopter was shot down, a high-level security official was assassinated, and a tourist bus was bombed near Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
The trial of the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt has drawn the world's attention to the desperate situation for reporters working in the country. But the attitude among Egyptian journalists is complex.
When Egypt's prosecutor general last month charged 16 Egyptian and four foreign Al Jazeera journalists with broadcasting false news and colluding with a terrorist group, Rena Netjes thought she had nothing to fear.
In what has been called the harshest sentence in modern Egyptian history, a criminal court sentenced 529 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to death for the killing of one police officer.
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