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What do you say to a class of Egyptian journalism students who know that the price of speaking too freely telling truths that the government doesn't like could be imprisonment and worse?It may be too risky to publish anti-government exposes, but that doesn't mean people believe pro-government lies.I have been visiting AUC and schools like it for nearly 40 years.It's too dangerous for Egyptian students here to investigate political controversies.Students here talk politics only in dense code.Student reporters learn to gather the facts, organize them clearly, and hold people accountable.Egypt is a country where reporters need an official press card, in effect a government license, before they can cover most public events. The school wants its students to learn good journalism, but it rightly also wants them to stay safe.That's why I cringe whenever I hear President Donald Trump speak of journalists as the "enemy of the people".
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