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Chairman of Egyptian Press Syndicate steps down

Another prop of the regime falls as Makram Ahmed bows to the pressure of his syndicate's members

Ahram Online, Thursday 10 Feb 2011
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The Press Syndicate's chairman, Makram Mohammed Ahmed, announced in an open letter to its board and members that he is taking an indefinite break, effectively resigning.

In the letter, he delegated his duties to his deputy, Abdel Mohsen Salama.

"I was and still am ready to attend the syndicate's council which convenes today, despite my ill-health," begins the letter.

He went on to state his commitment, throughout his association with the syndicate, to truthful positions and denounce claims that his position was a political one. "It is my right as a journalist to write and say what I believe is the truth," his letter reads.

Ahmed also declared his intention to lead a demonstration calling for the immediate release of journalists arrested during the recent protests.

The letter closes with his revelation that he went to the prime minister over the death of the Ahram journalist Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud demanding an investigation into his shooting and that his pension be paid to his family. He also requested that Mahmoud's name be put in marble at the syndicate's entrance.

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