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Egypt Press Syndicate demands press ID be recognised for curfew exemption

Egypt's Press Syndicate insists its IDs suffice for exemption at military checkpoints during curfew hours, while the army requests tighter procedures

Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Aug 2013
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Head of Egypt's Press Syndicate Diaa Rashwan announced Monday that the syndicate board will continue to demand that syndicate ID cards exempt media professionals from abiding by the curfew enforced by the military since 14 August.

Although the military had officially exempted the media from observing the curfew due to the nature of their job, it announced last week that all members of the media must obtain permits from their respective military directories as accreditation for curfew exemption.

The syndicate, however, insists that its members' press ID cards specialsuffice to get them through checkpoints during curfew hours, maintaining that military permits should only be requested from non-Press Syndicate members working in the media.

The Press Syndicate announcement comes a week after Tamer Abdel-Raouf, Al-Ahram bureau chief in Beheira, was shot dead at an army checkpoint during the state-imposed curfew.

At least three other Egyptian journalists were killed in the wake of the crackdown by security forces on supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood.

On 14 August, following the forced dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, clashes pitting Brotherhood supporters and security forces erupted, prompting the government to introduce a month-long state of emergency, accompanied by a 7pm-6am daily curfew in 14 governorates across the country.

Ten days later, curfew time was decreased by two hours, starting at 9pm, except for Fridays when it is enforced at the original 7pm.

Morsi was removed by the army on 3 July as a result of massive nationwide protests rejecting his rule.

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