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Akkad is the head of the education and science department at the newspaper Al-Shorouk. Her work as a science journalist focuses on climate change, nanotechnology, and Egypt’s nuclear and space programs. She is a member of The Arab Science Journalists Association and a freelance writer for Nature Middle East. In 2004 she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University.
The author argues that the Egyptian government should embark on a transparent process regarding the siting of nuclear power facilities, bringing in scientists, environmental groups, local residents, and journalists.
The author reports that Egyptian science journalists, particularly those covering nuclear issues, face challenges including poor government cooperation, lack of professional training, and a moribund local science sector.