Access to Al-Manassa, Noonpost, Ida’at and 6 April on Egyptian service providers was barred on Friday, bringing the total number of websites blocked since May 24, which includes Mada Masr, to 73.
In a statement on Tuesday, Head of the newly-formed Media Personnel Syndicate Hamdy al-Konayesi said that the syndicate supports the ban of news websites that allegedly threaten Egypt’s national security.
State media regulation institutions have been established in Egypt and are expected to play a significant role in shaping media and press in the upcoming period. The state will rely on several major groups to regulate the media: the Press Syndicate, two national councils headed by a supreme council, and …
Egypt’s Supreme Media Council has approved on Wednesday a new bill to impose an EGP 200,000 fine on TV channels, and EGP 100,000 fine on radio stations for each offensive word used in any of these outlets.
Egypt’s Supreme Media Regulatory Council announced a number of measures for monitoring Egyptian media, filing a complaint against journalist Ibrahim Eissa and monitoring the content of Ramadan television series.
A press conference was held Wednesday at the Press Syndicate, voicing rejection of the state’s recent measure of blocking over 20 news websites. The conference was held by several editors-in-chief of blocked news websites and several members of the syndicate’s board council.
The National Press Authority (NPA) announced on Wednesday the Head of Press Syndicate Abdelmohsen Salama as the new chairperson of the main state-owned newspaper, Al-Ahram, during a press conference.
A number of staff from local media outlets whose websites were blocked in Egypt held a meeting at Al-Bedaiah newspaper headquarters Tuesday to decide on how to escalate against the measures taken by an anonymous state authority to block online access to 21 local and Arab news websites.
The state blocked access to the websites of economy newspapers Daily News Egypt (DNE) and El-Borsa on Saturday and Sunday as part of its ongoing attempt to exercise control over online platforms. The list of blocked websites also extended to secure internet browser Tor on Saturday.
The media in Egypt is in a state of chaos. Sensationalism, propaganda, unverified facts, and state control strip the fourth estate of its role. But how can the profession be “fixed”? Is a new regime needed, or can down-top approaches be a solution?