When President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said people should not moan about Egypt because it was not like war-ravaged Iraq or Syria, his remark gave birth to a joke: New Egyptian passports should read "The Country not like Iraq or Syria."

Gags like this are in short supply in Egypt.

Humor was one of the only channels for protest under successive Egyptian autocrats accused of mismanagement, repression and corruption. But el-Sissi's tightening grip on power is leaving little space for critics, comics or cartoonists.