19 July 2012

Egypt: Press Council Calls for Dissolving Shura's Editor-Selecting Committee

Members of the Supreme Council of the Press declared on Thursday they fully rejected forming a Shura Council committee to choose chairmen and editors of national press organisations based on criteria that were not met with approval from the majority of journalists.

Council members denounced in today's meeting the formation of this committee without consulting them first in spite of the risk this procedure poses and its consequences on the future of journalism and journalists.

In a statement issued today, the council members called for dissolving the committee immediately and postponing the consideration of its formation until a general meeting for journalists is held at the Press Syndicate headquarters to agree on the criteria for choosing the editors at the soonest opportunity.

The members also denounced the insults and defamation of MP Fathi Shehab, the Shura's head of media and tourism committee who is also the head the committee responsible for choosing editors of national newspapers, against journalists.

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