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Egypt drops 2 places on World Press Freedom Index

Egypt has dropped two places on the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The organization reports that Egypt, which now ranks 161 out of 180 states, is “One of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists.”

Will new union chief give Egypt more control over press?

Egypt’s media is often in the news itself as it has faced one government crackdown after another over the years. The idea of a free press in Egypt is often seen as a paradox. The recently elected president of the Egyptian Journalists’ Union, who is affiliated with the regime, now faces the thorny task …

One, two, three, four media laws: How media legislation in Egypt is staging state control

Parliament’s media and culture committee passed a bill regarding the formation of media regulators on Monday. While a unified media law has long been anticipated in Parliament following several rounds of drafting, amendments by the government and a specialized media committee, the bill has seemingly been divided into several parts, causing …

Court rejects judicial guardianship over Press Syndicate

For the second time, the Court of Urgent Affairs decided it was not within its specialization to rule in a lawsuit demanding the placement of a judicial guardianship over the Press Syndicate.

46 years after Press Syndicate law first issued: is it time for an update?

“A syndicate for journalists is established in the United Arab Republic as a legal entity, its headquarters in the city of Cairo. It may establish branches in governorates by decision of the syndicate’s board.” This was the first article of the Press Syndicate’s law 76 issued in 1970, which was …