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As Egypt Arrests and Tortures Gay People, It Enlists the Help of Pro-LGBTQ PR Firm in Washington

Asher-Schapiro, Avi

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  06/12/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The public relations firm APCO has taken on a $1.2 million annual contract to work with Egypt's notorious spy services, the General Intelligence Directorate, to promote the Egyptian government’s interests in D.C.



Egypt is a major U.S. strategic ally and the second-largest recipient of U.S. military aid after Israel. Like many foreign governments, the Egyptians hire American public relations and lobbying firms to help ensure aid keeps flowing and burnish their global reputation. But APCO and Cassidy & Associates entered the scene at a particularly tense moment: In August, the Trump administration cut Egypt’s military assistance and delayed the delivery of some aid on human rights grounds. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, human rights officials have begun to express serious concern about Egypt's treatment of gay citizens.

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