Settlement of Arbitration Cases against Egypt: Losses, Privileges and Lack of Accountability

Entry type: Single project

Country/area: Egypt

Publishing organisation: assafirarabi

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 2022-02-12

Language: Arabic, English

Authors: safaa ashour


investigative journalism and mobile journalism trainer and human geography researcher
winner of 10 local and international awards

Project description:

Ten years have passed since the revolution in Egypt against the Mubarak regime which rattled the Egyptian political and social realities. One of the many shortcomings unraveled by that revolution was the discovery of administrative and legal violations that have marred contracts and transactions with foreign investors. This led to a series of financial compensations settlement cases that have cost the country billions of dollars due to international arbitration.

Impact reached:

in egypt the free journalism is not welcome and authority prefers to ignore the published story which criticized them
put many journalists write in the same topic after my story was published

Techniques/technologies used:

As a result, Egypt ranked first in the Arab world and fourth internationally, on the list of countries having to go through arbitration cases that were brought against it at the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) as stated on the center’s databases and on the website of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Context about the project:

there is a lake of Freedom of information circulation in egypt so i have to get all the data from the internet
also most of the company mentioned in the story as well as the the authority refused to answered my questions

What can other journalists learn from this project?

that lake of information and data in egypt does not mean that we cant make a good story from data of reliable source from international organizations

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