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Egypt's cabinet institutes new bylaws for media regulatory organizations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Oct 2017
Egypt's PM Sherif Ismael (Reuters)
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Egypt's prime minister issued on Monday a decision to begin working with the new executive bylaws of the Institutional Regulation of the Press and Media (IRPM) law, state-owned MENA reported.

The prime minister's decision was published in the Egyptian state's official gazette, according to MENA.

The bylaws of the IRPM law specify the goals and specializations of the Higher Council for Media Regulation (HCMR), the National Press Organisation (NPO), and the National Media Organisation (NMO).

The NPO supervises state-owned press organisations and is responsible for selecting the chairmen of its board and the chief editors of affiliated publications.

The HCMR regulates all media outlets in the country, including audio-visual, digital and print – both public and private – in coordination with the NPO and the NMO.

It aslo takes charge of licensing media outlets and drawing up a code of media ethics, with a focus on respecting public morals and national security concerns, by which all media organisations must abide.

The NMO is mandated with overseeing state-owned audio-visual media, radio, and digital media institutions in a manner that guarantees their independence, professionalism, and profitability.

The Institutional Regulation of the Press and Media (IRPM) law was passed by parliament in December 2016.

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