This report monitors the situation in the press and media in Egypt and analyzes the developments that took place during the months July and August 2016.
This report is produced by ‘al Sawt al Hurr, Arab Network for Media Support’ and it is one of series produced by ‘al Sawt al Hurr’ to provide media-professionals, researchers, journalists and who is interested in the Egyptian media with a complete monitoring and analysis report on significant developments.
.Developments in the Media Sector in General
– The draft media law on the regulation of the press and media drew much attention during the period covered by this report. The Legislative Department of the State Council began to review the consolidated draft law, which was sent to it by the Council of Ministers after a number of its advisers, members of the Department, studied its articles. The Supreme Press Council forwarded its comments on the proposed amendments to the draft law to the State Council, in compliance with its legal role. The Journalists’ Syndicate and the Board of Trustees of the Radio and Television Union also sent their comments to the State Council.
– On July 27, the State Council ruled positively in a case filed three years ago by Mustafa Abido, journalist at state-owned newspaper ‘al Gomhorreya’,obliging the government, i.a, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Planning, to take administrative action to set a minimum wage, which it suggested to fix at EGP 5,000,- per month. The Administrative Court had already repealed an earlier verdict that refuted the principle of a minimum wage for journalists. It stated that the new verdict does justice to journalists’ legitimate right to a fair minimum wage.
– During the period covered by this report legal procedures started against Yahya Qalash, chairman and Gamal abdel Rahim and Khaled al Balshy, board member of the Journalists’ Syndicate accused of ‘harboring’ Amr Badr and Mahmoud al Sakka, two journalists wanted by the judicial authorities, at the syndicate’s office. The Shobra al Kheima Prosecution released Amr Badr on bail on August 28, while Mahmoud al Sakka remains in custody.
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