17 March 2013

Egypt: Information Minister Seeks Establishing Media Self-Regulating Authority

Efforts are underway to set up a media self-regulating authority in Egypt along with restructuring Egyptian media in the coming period, Egyptian Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud said Sunday 17/3/2013.

Addressing the opening session of Aljazeera Forum, Abdel-Maqsoud said 59 newspapers and tens of TV channels were launched in Egypt after the January revolution which opened the door for media freedom.

He noted that the post-revolution constitution has enhanced media freedom and facilitated the process of collecting information, adding that these were part of the revolution's demands.

He also said under the constitution, the State has to set up a national media council to protect media freedom and pluralism to avoid media monopoly by a certain group or party.

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