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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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Critics blast amendments to Journalists Syndicate law drafted behind closed doors

Proposed amendments to the law governing Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate have come under fire for bypassing normal procedural channels and being rushed through without input from syndicate members. Critics claim the amendments are being imposed by state authorities in an effort to control the drafting process and weaken the syndicate.

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After filing sexual assault complaint against employer, Youm7 journalist banned from entering workplace

Youm7 journalist May al-Shamy, who filed a sexual assault complaint against a prominent figure at the outlet in late August, was prevented from entering the newspaper’s main office on Tuesday, according to a statement she published on her personal Facebook page.

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Media Monitor: 32 Violations and 100 Detained Journalists in Egypt in August

The Arab Media Freedom Monitor has issued last Thursday evening its monthly report about violations against freedom of journalism and media in Egypt last August, showcasing the most notable violations committed against journalism and media in Egypt. The report considered that there had been an escalation of power in the …

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New leadership of state-owned newspapers within month: SCMR

The head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Makram Mohammed Ahmed announced that new leadership appointments in state-owned newspapers are expected within a month after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ratified the new law regulating press and media.

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‘An assassination of journalism’: Egypt passes controversial media laws

The Egyptian parliament approved on Monday three controversial media regulation laws which could see social media users monitored under the pretext of combatting fake news, in a move journalists and rights groups say will severely curtail press freedoms.

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State Council, Journalists Syndicate condemn ‘unconstitutional’ media bill

As controversial legislation to regulate the press in Egypt continues to spark backlash, journalists and legal bodies are decrying the most recent bill to pass through Parliament as unconstitutional and in violation of basic press freedoms.

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