My name is Hossam el-Hamalawy, an Egyptian journalist and scholar-activist, currently based in Germany, where I received my PhD in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the role of the security services in the 2013 Egyptian counterrevolution.

Some of you may know me already from Twitter, or my old blog. Now, I am posting regularly here on Substack, providing analysis and updates mostly on Egypt and occasionally elsewhere.

Over the past two decades, I’ve worked as a news reporter, photographer, and editor for several Egyptian and international news outlets, such as Al-Masry Al-Youm and the Los Angeles Times. I have also published opinion pieces in the Guardian, New York Times, Jacobin, Middle East Eye, New Arab, Al-Jazeera, and others.

My reporting on the Egyptian uprising earned me the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award for Courage in Journalism.

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I send out on Mondays to paid subscribers an Egypt Security Sector Report, which includes news and analysis of the latest updates related to foreign policy, military, security services, and local dissent.

Occasionally on Thursdays, I send out a commentary piece for free subscribers. Free articles are archived after 7 days and made available for paid subscribers only.

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Hossam el-Hamalawy 

In a dictatorship, independent journalism by default becomes a form of activism, and the spread of information is essentially an act of agitation.