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Egyptian PM 'admitted that media restrictions in anti-terror law were a mistake': Press syndicate

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Jul 2015
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A member of Egypt's security forces gestures as he stands on a watchtower in North Sinai (Photo: Reuters)
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The Egyptian government has acknowledged that it was a mistake to publish a draft law that limits how journalists report terrorist incidents without first consulting the press syndicate, a syndicate official said Thursday.

The draft anti-terrorism legislation contains a controversial article which states that anyone who intentionally publishes information on a terrorist operation other than that which is cited in government statements can be sentenced to at least two years in prison.

The press syndicate issued a statement on Sunday condemning the article, arguing that it impedes the journalists from doing their job of collecting information from different sources, and gives the executive branch the authority to impose restrictions on press freedoms.

Gamal Abdel-Rehim, the syndicate's under-secretary, said in a statement that the syndicate's board had held a meeting with Prime Minster Ibrahim Mahlab and seven other minsters on Thursday.

According to Abdel-Rehim, the prime minister recognised that the government should have requested the syndicate's opinion about the draft law, as Article 77 of the constitution obliges the government to refer bills to the relevant syndicate.

"The government has promised to remove the controversial article from the final law," Abdel-Rehim added.

The government has tried to issue the draft law several times since the spike in violence following former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July 2013.

Once the draft law is finalised it will be sent to President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi for official ratification. 

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11-07-2015 01:01am
We are better than that!
It takes a big man to publicly admit making a mistake, and the PM should be commended for that. However, the REAL Mistake is not these clauses in the anti-terror law, this is just a red-herring and distraction; the real issue is the WHOLE NOTION that the government tells the Press what they can and can’t write. It is absurd to even create a law curtailing the editorial content of the media. Only 4 countries succeeded in creating such a straitjacket: Saudi, Iran, China, and North Korea; do we really want to join this exclusive club? We are better than that!
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10-07-2015 06:29pm
Egypt is still a fascist country because it has 40000 political prisoners
These Nazis should leave Egypt and let Egyptians sort out their problems.
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