Each morning before the sun rises, newspapers are delivered across the country, often with blazing criticisms of the Egyptian government and President Mohammed Morsi.
On the newsstands, the competing editions are examples of the free speech and media freedoms that were among the principal gains of the nation's 2-year-old revolt that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.
But Mubarak-era laws still on the books and government encroachment on freedom of expression is clashing with a government that is embracing some democratic ideals and not others.
"This is an example of the struggle between the old Egypt and the new Egypt," said Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Many Egyptians have enthusiastically seized on the new freedom to say and write what they believe about the government since Mubarak's ouster. But since Morsi was elected president last year, there have been tangible deterioration in press freedoms.
Among them are several criminal prosecutions against journalists made possible by the laws of Mubarak's era.(...)
"It's getting worse day after day," said Nihad Aboud, freedom of media and artistic creation programs coordinator at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, in Egypt.
Repressive laws also extend to insults on religion and over the past several months there has been an increase in the number of blasphemy prosecutions
"Egypt is heading toward a real breakdown," said Liliane Daoud, a broadcast journalist with the privately owned ONTV.
Daoud believes the fight for free speech could have long-term positive consequences. The more the general public becomes aware of issues related to freer speech and media, the more they will demand it, she said.