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Egypt court adjourns press lawsuit against Shura Council to 1 October

A lawsuit by journalists against the Shura Council presiding over the selection of heads of publicly-owned newspapers is adjourned until 1 October

Ahram Online, Saturday 4 Aug 2012
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Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court has adjourned until 1 October an appeal raised by a group of journalists against the Shura Council's criteria for choosing new heads of national newspapers.

Subsidiary judges failed to show up in Saturday's court session, which prompted the head judge to adjourn the session.

The State Commissioners body had earlier recommended that the court reject the appeal.

A sub-committee of the Shura Council, parliament's upper house, is responsible for selecting and appointing editors-in-chief and boards of directors for state-owned news organisations.

The continuance of the committee after Mubarak was met with sizable protest from journalists and members of the Journalists' Syndicate board, who argue that during Mubarak's presidency, the Shura Council used this authority to appoint those who would serve the regime's agenda.

Since the Shura Council is currently dominated by Islamists, the same journalists fear that editors-in-chief appointed under the same system would serve the Islamist agenda.

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