The following report monitored the status of the press and media in Egypt and analyzed the developments in the Egyptian media sector during September and October 2016.
The report is issued by the ‘al Sawt al Hurr, the Arab Network for Media Support’ and is one of a series of reports issued by the network to provide media personnel, researchers and journalists interested in media with a comprehensive monitor and analysis highlighting these developments.
1. Developments in the Media Sector in General
– Discussions on the “Unified Media Law” attracted much attention during the period monitored in this report and several statements were released by government officials, media leaders, the Supreme Press Council and journalists’ syndicate.
– The issue of “Journalists’ Imprisonment” was highlighted during the period of this review, after President Abdel Fattah al Sisi attended the first National Conference for Youth, where the topic was discussed on the second day of the conference on October 26 during a session on “The Impact of Media in Shaping Youth Public Opinion”. Opinion makers also defended the right of journalists to write and express without restrictions. On the occasion, the President confirmed that the media is independent and that no pressures are exerted upon it, but he blamed the media three times of inaccuracies, causing problems with friendly states within the same monitored period.
– On October 29, Egypt was granted membership to the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2017 – 2020, after receiving 173 votes during the elections held by UN General Assembly.
– The Legislative Committee of the House of Representatives rejected an amendment, presented by MP Amna Nosseir, professor of religion and philosophy at ‘al Azhar’ university, to replace part of Article 98 of the penal code concerning contempt of religion by a new law, stating that the penalty on contempt of religion was already sufficiently covered in the constitution.
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