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Egypt’s press syndicate meets with parliament committee over interior ministry dispute

Over 40 policemen stormed the syndicate building last week to arrest two journalists, a move described by critics as 'unprecedented' and 'unconstitutional'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 May 2016
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The board of Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate met on Tuesday with a parliamentary committee to discuss the crisis between the syndicate and the interior ministry over the police storming of the syndicate’s headquarters last week.

The syndicate said in a statement that the parliamentary committee was “pleased” with the syndicate’s willingness to reach a solution that would resolve the crisis and “preserve the syndicate’s dignity.”

Talks will continue between the parliament committee and the syndicate in hopes of finding a solution, the statement added.

On 1st of  May, over 40 policemen stormed the syndicate building to arrest two journalists, a move that was described by critics as “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional.”

The two journalists are facing charges including “publishing false news” and “plotting to overthrow the regime.”

In an urgent meeting convened following the incident and attended by over 2,000 journalists, the syndicate demanded the sacking of the interior minister and threatened a press strike if its demands were not met.

The House of Representatives decided this week to mediate between the syndicate and the ministry in order to resolve the dispute.

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