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Egypt parliament adjourns press law discussion

The House of Representatives will begin state budged discussions on Monday

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Jun 2016
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The Egyptian House of Representatives adjourned Monday the discussion of a draft law to regulate press and media in Egypt until after state budget has been finalized , House speaker Ali Abdal Aal announced.

The state's budget discussion started on Monday in the parliament.

Sources told Ahram Arabic news the draft bill possibly will not be discussed till after the Eid holiday,  which ends on 10 July.

Earlier this month, the draft bill regulating press and media in Egypt created controversy after pro-government MPs proposed an amendment by which the president could reshuffle the Higher Press Council, the body in charge of naming editors and board chairmen of state-owned press organizations.

The MPs also called for new editors-in-chief - whose terms of appointment are set to expire at the end of the month - for state-owned national press institutions.  

Parliament's Media Committee approved the amendments, although the Higher Press Council completely rejected the amendments, stating that they were illegal.

The council is regulated by a 2013 law that stipulates the body should continue operating until a new constitution is put in place, a parliament is elected, and new press law is issued.

Last week, the council announced that the editors-in-chief would remain in their position until a new press bill is approved and adopted.

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