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Parliamentary committee comments on Media Syndicate’s head resignation

Osama Heikal, head of Parliament’s Culture, Media and Antiquities committee, said that the committee fully respects former Head of Egypt’s Media Syndicate Hamdi al-Konaisi, affirming that the committee is not responsible for his resignation.

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Egypt rights group calls to investigate attacks on journalists

The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) has called on the Attorney-General to immediately investigate attacks on journalists outside the Pharmacists Syndicate and to bring the perpetrators to trial in order to preserve the rule of law.

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Petition against Supreme Media Regulatory Council bylaws gathers steam

A draft proposal under consideration by the Supreme Media Regulatory Council (SMRC) that outlines a raft of press violations and penalties that media outlets could face has sparked widespread opposition, with over 550 journalists, writers, politicians and public figures signing a petition calling for its abolition.

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Mada Masr journalist subjected to extralegal security measures at Cairo airport, passport confiscated

Over the last several days, Mada Masr journalist Rana Mamdouh was subjected to a series of arbitrary security measures by Egyptian authorities, which Mada Masr’s lawyers and members of the Journalists Syndicate board have characterized as “illegal” and “unconstitutional.”

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Draft by-laws to penalise Egyptian media for rumours and criticism

Egypt’s state-run Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) is considering the imposition of a new list of penalties for libel, defamation, inciting violence or publishing and disseminating rumours or anonymously sourced news. Drafts of the proposed by-laws have been leaked into the public domain, the independent news website Mada Masr …

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In separate incidents, lawyer and 2 clients killed by police, another lawyer arrested, charged in case he was working on

Over the past week, one lawyer and two of his clients were shot dead by police and another lawyer was arrested and charged in a case he was formerly working on as a defense attorney.

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Confusion, contradictions and uncertainty: Implementation of new media law leaves news websites in the dark

In a surprise announcement on October 18, the Supreme Media Regulatory Council (SMRC) declared that online news outlets were suddenly required to legalize their status under the recently enacted media law within a two-week window that began just three days later.

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Journalists Syndicate to investigate Al-Alam Al-Youm management for ignoring protesting journalists’ demands

Journalists affiliated with the Al-Alam Al-Youm newspaper initiated an ongoing sit-in on October 21 at the Journalists Syndicate, protesting newspaper management measures that have deprived them of pay and may lead them to losing syndicate protection. On Sunday, the board of the syndicate expressed its “full solidarity” with the journalists …

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