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Journalists concerned with formation of Egypt's National Media Council

The National Media Council was formed without including any opposition figures, which raised concern over the freedom of the media and press under Egypt’s renewed state of emergency.
People and vehicles move past a black sign that reads "The press; It is not a crime" in front of the Egyptian Press Syndicate's headquarters in downtown Cairo, Egypt, November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTSSGRD

CAIRO — President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced April 11 the formation of the National Media Council and its National Press Organization and National Media Organization. Concerns over freedom of the media have been raised among media staff, however, given that figures opposing the ruling regime were excluded from the formation.

Constitution Article 211 stipulates, “The National Media Council is an independent entity that has a legal personality; enjoys technical, financial and administrative independence; and has an independent budget. The council regulates the affairs of radio, television, and printed and digital press, among others.”

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