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12 newspapers and 5 TV channels strike for freedom of expression
12 Egyptian privately and partisan-owned newspapers and five TV channels plan to stop work on Tuesday and Wednesday against the proposed draft constitution
Ahram Online , Monday 3 Dec 2012
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Media strike poster reads in Arabic “a constitution that terminates rights and restrains freedoms. No to dictatorship”

Ahram Online declares its full support for the strike action undertaken on Tuesday by a large number of major Egyptian newspapers and TV stations in defence of freedom of the press, freedom of expression, civil liberties and the rule of law. In view of our particular status as a web-based news outlet, however, we will maintain our updates throughout this crucial day of protest, not in contravention of the strike action, but in full solidarity with it. These decisions were consensually adopted by an all-staff meeting of Ahram Online, and in consultation with members of the board of the Press Syndicate and striking news media.

 

Twelve Egyptian newspapers and five TV channels announced that they will go on strike for one day to object to both recently issued constitutional declaration and the draft constitution.

The newspapers will not print on Tuesday and the TV channels will go off-air on Wednesday.

The draft constitution, which was passed on 30 November by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and is set to be voted on in a referendum on 15 December, does not include articles against the imprisonment of journalists in cases related to freedom of expression as demanded by journalists.

The Journalists Syndicate's executive council had withdrawn its representatives from the Constituent Assembly in mid-November after its recommendations and suggestions were ignored by the assembly.

Later, the general assembly of the syndicate had threatened on 25 November to stage a strike against the constitutional declaration that president Mohamed Morsi issued on 23 November..  

The newspapers that will go on strike on Tuesday 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 Osbooa. 

The TV channels that will go on strike on Wednesday, with blank screens broadcasting in place of content, are: ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels, Al-Hayat Channels and Dream TV channels.

Already on Monday, Al-Wafd newspaper, Al-Youm 7 newspaper, Al-Watan newspaper, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper and Tahrir newspaper shared the same headline “No to dictatorship” with an illustration showing a prisoner made of newspaper sitting in a dark cell.

Online media will not go on strike on Tuesday to be able to cover the newspaper strike and other  protests planned by the opposition against both the declation and the draft at the presidential palace in the evening.

"We need the online media to be able to send the message of the strike to the reader," Alaa El-Attar, member of the Journalists Syndicate board told Ahram Online.

"However, it will be left to every online news site to define the way it expresses its solidarity with the strike," El Attar added.

Ahram Arabic-language news website reporters have decided to go on partial strike on Monday in solidarity with the media strike planned for Tuesday.

"We announce, as the young reporters of Ahram Arabic portal, that on top the disgraceful rejection of journalism in the new draft constitution and how Judge Hossam El-Gheriany, the head of Constituent Assembly, mocked journalists," reads the statement "We decided to go on strike Monday, 3 December, in solidarity with the right of the reader to get free press, away from any pressure and in accordance with the decision of the Journalists' Syndicate Council to go on strike to object to the repression of freedoms, the approval to confiscate newspapers and imprisonment of journalists in the new draft constitution," the statement continued.

The reporters of Ahram Arabic news website, which is considered one of the biggest news portals in Egypt, are on strike, with the exception of a single reporter who is keeping the portal updated.





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Ayoub
05-12-2012 05:31am
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Is there a shortage of freedom of expression?
The press and the media, in general, are very much free. If you do not believe me, look at the newsstands, or flip any channels in Egypt. Then you will know the difference. You can't avoid the rant against President Morsi. Our problem is not with limitations on freedom per Se, but rather our ability to use it for the good of the society. The quest for more freedom of expression is less logical than a request by a blind person to drive a new Ferrari
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Harry
05-12-2012 12:30am
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Education of the Egyptian people
At first sight, the evolution in Egypt points out to democracy. Unfortunately, the concept of freedom and democracy is not part of Egypt's culture or history. Democracy is not just one-man one-vote, but it is also the universality of human rights and the respect of the other. May the Egyptians choose to follow President Sadat's quest for peace and development in the Middle East.
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A foreign democrat
04-12-2012 05:55pm
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Respectable but dubious initiative
A respectable initiative, but why did they never do anything similar during the 30 years of Mubarak rule or even during the 17 months of SCAF government? Why? Moreover, they provide no explanation on which articles of the draft Constitution really pose a threat to freedom of expression.
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sakamaksaka
04-12-2012 04:05pm
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to hell
boycott all the trash media, boycott them for not paying business taxes, boycott them for not being professional, boycott them for defending the Mubarak regime, and attaching the elected president, boycott them and stop sewage breakouts in every Egyptian house
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Bara
04-12-2012 03:46pm
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People should boycot
People must boycot those papers and TV channel in respons.
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Nazeer Ataullah
04-12-2012 03:45pm
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Be Positive
Journalist should play the positive role with convincing approach. Negative approach is not a solution of this century.
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Modern_Humaniora
04-12-2012 01:09pm
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Work of art
The image that illustrates the media strike is an extraordinary work of art [schizophrenia] over the Mubarak-era. Excellent. Thank you for the show!
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Roy
04-12-2012 12:07pm
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HA HA HA HA......
These Mubarak era press and media need to be purged from democratic Egypt. They happily reported without a single day of strike during Mubarak's reign, are they protesting now out of nostalgia for the Mubarak era. Catch a wake up!!!!
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Fiza
04-12-2012 11:34am
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Media Strike
I did my best to search in all egyption news papers including Ahram online to find out what are the media concerns or objections on this new constitutional draft but I failed.I would suggest the media outlets and news papers to edecuate the viewers and readers what are clauses of this new constitution that will put or threaten the independence of media and freedom of expression or speech.Media should highlight how this new constitution is bad or worst than last constitution of Mubarak era under which freedom of speech was guaranteed.The only objection I could find is that the clause of "insulting any human being will be forbiden or illegal" .If this is the only objection or concern of the media then I guess media is not fair in their protest against said constitution.
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Ruud
06-12-2012 09:49am
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Backward
Pity Egypt, you 're going backward. Mubarak remnant still ruling the country.
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mumby
04-12-2012 09:30am
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Bias
It is better you go on strike for ever.Many of you embrace Liberalism.Let large space to critic Government and Islamist while let little space for critic Liberal.Ye Freedom for west values , not for others.
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