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Gag on media freedom victory for terrorism: Egyptian journalists

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists have signed an online statement released Sunday rejecting a recent agreement between the editors in chief of several major Egyptian newspapers, in which they vowed to support the government’s anti-terrorism rhetoric. The journalists condemned “the repudiation of freedom of opinion and expression” inherent in the agreement between the newspaper editors, calling …

Federico Manfredi

Egypt’s media and the normality of broadcasting your phone-calls

By Mohamed Selim  During the two past weeks, Egypt was gripped by yet another case of media sciolism. Al Kahera Wal Nas, “Cairo and the People”, a private satellite channel broadcasted from Cairo’s Media Production City (MPC), has been the subject of controversy in a dangerously polarised country. Its programme, The Black Box, presented by a …

Daily News Egypt

Lessons from the presidential elections: Egypt’s media and the upcoming parliamentary campaign

By Mohamed Selim Better late than never. As every decision in Egypt is always overdue, regardless of the consequences and constitutional prerogatives, the parliamentary elections will eventually take place. The constitution stipulates, according to Article 230: “Election of the President of the Republic or the House of Representatives shall take place as regulated by Law, …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s media: Fact, fiction, and farce

By Mohamed Selim Khalil The world celebrated “Press Freedom Day” 3 May. Yet, are the Egyptian journalists, reporters and media personnel joining their peers worldwide in celebrating the day? I highly doubt it. Many Egyptians, including journalists, who have endured perpetual hardship for the past three years ranging from lack of security to daily power cuts, …

Daily News Egypt

Media Culpa

By Mohamed Selim If I had my druthers, the first thing I would have done on the evening of 11 February 2011, would be to restructure and regulate Egypt’s media. Its current state of discord, lawlessness and entropy is tantamount to the country’s evolving political system: mobocracy. As Egypt’s former chief spy, the late Omar …

Daily News Egypt

Detained American journalist released

An American translator detained in Cairo since last Wednesday was released from police custody on Sunday afternoon, while his roommate filmmaker Hossam Meneai was ordered to be held an additional 15 days pending investigation. Meneai, 36, a native of El-Arish in North Sinai, is being investigated on charges of spreading false news and disrupting public …

Aaron T. Rose