19 May 2012

Egypt: International Press Center to Serve 923 Reporters Covering Presidential Elections

Photo: D. Hakes/ The Carter Center
Former U.S. President Carter watches as poll workers check a voter's ID.


Egypt's State Information Service (SIS), established in 1954, plays a key role at the local, regional and international levels to explain the policy of State in different political, economic, social and cultural areas. The "revolution documentation unit" in "Al-Ahram" newspaper met with SIS Chairman, Ambassador Ismail Khairat to show more information on SIS role in the presidential elections.

SIS played a key role in the parliamentary elections, what about the presidential elections?

SIS played a key role in the parliamentary elections 2011-2012 through international press conferences that were organized at SIS premises.

Within the framework of preparations for the media coverage of the first presidential elections after January 25 revolution, the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) entrusted SIS to issue permits for foreign reporters wishing to cover the elections. SIS, however, received applications from various foreign news agencies and media outlets wishing to cover the presidential elections according to the controls set by HPEC.

How many of these reporters?

A number of 923 foreign reporters applied for covering the presidential elections.

What are the facilities to be introduced for reporters in this regard?

SIS will establish a press center for foreign reporters and will provide them with all facilities and handle any challenge that may face them during their work in polling stations. SIS will also establish a hotline to contact with foreign reporters in coordination with HPEC.

What about Egyptian reporters?

Each corporation will send a list of reporters, who will cover the elections, to the Syndicate of Journalists, which will issue permits for them. SIS has no role in this regard.

What else could be offered by SIS in presidential elections?

The Nile Information Center hosts symposiums to raise public awareness about the political process, where a large number of professors in various fields participate in such symposiums.

Does SIS will print any awareness posters like it did in parliamentary elections?

No, because there are only 13 candidates for presidential elections and the process will go smoothly.

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