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Editors at state-owned radio station launch strike to demand reinstatement of colleague transferred by Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maqsoud for allegedly insulting to President Morsi

Ahram Online, Sunday 19 May 2013
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A number of editors employed by Egypt's state-owned Radio Misr radio station declared an open strike on Sunday following a decision by Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maqsoud to transfer chief editor Shady Gamal to a radio station devoted to youth affairs and sports.

Employees expressed their displeasure with the transfer order by suspending Radio Misr's regular news bulletins.

According to striking employees, Gamal was transferred after being accused of "belittling" President Mohamed Morsi in a news broadcast last year.

Gamal allegedly broadcast news about Morsi's inauguration of a new pedestrian bridge in April 2013 without providing additional details. Radio Misr editors say Abdel-Maqsoud deemed the brief broadcast an insult to the presidency.

Abdel-Maqsoud has reportedly refused to meet with striking editors and employees.

Radio Misr is a state-run radio station that operates under the auspices of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union.

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