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Egyptian journalists: ‘Blocking websites is an attempt to monopolise and silence media’

A number of Egyptian media professionals have rejected the recent media council’s decision to block websites and prosecute social media users, considering it contrary to the law and constitution that stipulates freedom of the press, the right to circulate information and freedom of expression in general.

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Egypt designates numbers on WhatsApp for reporting coronavirus ‘rumors’

Egypt’s cabinet media center said on Wednesday that it has designated two numbers on the mobile call and messaging application WhatsApp for citizens to report “rumors” about the novel coronavirus, warning that those who spread false information about COVID-19 online could face legal measures under the penal code and cybercrime …

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Media council and Journalists Syndicate point fingers at each other for long delay in media law executive regulations

The Supreme Media Regulatory Council (SMRC) has received 284 requests to license websites, newspapers, and television channels under the terms of the new media law, according to statements by SMRC members on Tuesday. Around 198 licensing requests to register websites “failed to present the required documents for licensing,” according to …

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Are Sisi’s state assets law amendments well-intentioned?

Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala al-Saeed met Jan. 7 with Sameh Shenouda, CEO of Zarou, a wholly-owned unit by US private equity firm Blackstone, to discuss investment opportunities with Egypt’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Egypt reinstates Information Ministry in Cabinet reshuffle

Egypt’s parliament approved Dec. 22 a Cabinet reshuffle, whereby it was decided to reinstate the country’s Ministry of Information that had been abolished in 2014 as per the 2014 constitution, which considered the ministry to be part of the state’s control over the media under then-President Hosni Mubarak.

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