Egyptian columnists protest military censorship

Three Egyptian columnists are withholding their regular commentaries in an independent daily to protest what they say is censorship by the country's military rulers.

Wednesday's protest by the three comes amid growing criticism of the military's handling of Egypt's post-uprising transition period.

Belal Fadl, Omer Taher and Nagla Bedir publish their columns daily in the independent Al-Tahrir.

They have criticized policies adopted by the generals who took over after Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February following the 18-day popular uprising.

Authorities last week stopped the publication of an article critical of Egypt's intelligence service, which is traditionally led by a military officer.

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