4 December 2012

Egypt Newspapers Strike Over Draft Charter, Mursi Decree

Photo: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua
An Egyptian soldier sets up a wire fence in front of the presidential palace.

Over 10 Egyptian newspapers went on strike on Tuesday in protest against a presidential decree and a draft constitution written by an Islamist-dominated assembly.

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi issued a constitutional decree on November 22 expanding his powers while a constituent assembly finished drafting a new charter on Friday allowing it to be put to referendum on December 15.

The decree and the charter have been widely denounced by opposition forces, including leftist, socialist and liberal parties and prominent opposition figures.

The newspapers include: Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Watan, Al-Tahrir, Al-Wafd, Al-Youm 7, Al-Dostour, Al-Shorouk, Al-Sabah, Al-Ahaly, Al-Ahrar, Al-Fagr and Al-Osbooa.

The TV channels that will go on strike on Wednesday are: ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels, Al-Hayat Channels and Dream TV channels.

Opposition forces have organized a "Last Warning" march to Egypt's presidential palace on Tuesday against the decree and draft constitution.

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