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State information service apologises for spelling mistake in constitution banner
Head of State Information Service says group organising Saturday's press conference for constitution committee was responsible for spelling mistake, adding that criticism of using photos of non-Egyptians was 'overblown'
Ahram Online , Monday 16 Dec 2013
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Egypt's constituent assembly Chairman Amr Moussa (onstage, C) attends a news conference in Cairo December 15, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian State Information Service (SIS) apologised for a spelling mistake in the "All Egyptian" constitution banner at Sunday’s press conference for the constitutional committee, but said criticism of using photos of non-Egyptians was "overblown."

"We apologise for the spelling mistake in the banner; we did not revise the banner before it was hanged because we received it shortly before the start of the press conference as a gift from the Egypt Peace Lovers organisation [that organized the press conference]," Amgad Abdel Ghafer, head of SIS, told the Shorouk Newspaper on Monday.

On Sunday the banner hanging behind the speakers’ panel in the conference misspelled the word "Egyptians" in Arabic (Misreyeen). Instead, missing one letter, the banner uses the Arabic word for "determined" (Mosireen).

Also, three people out of the five featured in the huge banner reading "All Egyptians Constitution" were identified as non-Egyptians whose photos were used in foreign commercial websites from Ireland and the US.

Abdel Ghafer said that he told officials in the SIS to revise all banners for language and grammar. But he said the SIS was not responsible for the photos in the banner.

The NGO told them the photos were from stock photo websites. Two of the photos, however, were sourced to two photographers including Ahram Online reporter Rowan El-Shimi.

"I believe the matter was overblown," Abdel Ghafer said regarding media’s reaction to the banner and the photos used in it.

The spelling mistake and the use of foreign figures in the banner was heavily criticised on social media.

The Egypt Peace Lovers is a non-governmental group helping the Egyptian government to promote the newly-revised constitution.





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osta.rido
18-12-2013 12:32pm
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Overblown?
Not at all! "State Information Service" should be well aware of, what happens in the minds of the adressed! They are always well Aware of it,when it comes to the conventional propaganda issues! In order to overcome all the old Systems, it is the state's most noble Task to form free, modern, open-minded Egyptians. This will only work, when official statements are perceived by the People as trustworthy, authentic, true. Another point is that failures like the one justly critizised show that state officials are not working properly, precisely - but just "hagga queda" and not according to their oaths! Such a bad banner is completely contraproductive to the important goal of a constitution for all Egyptians. عمل غير متقن or "kibosh" in English - "bousiller" in French - are proper expressions to what finally happens: destroyal of the good idea disregardful Action!
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Gramm
17-12-2013 12:14pm
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No one notices the English!
"All Egyptians Constitution" is grammatically incorrect as well! They found someone illiterate in both languages and unaware of copyright laws to put together this sign.
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Omar Barazi
17-12-2013 08:11am
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Inexcusable
The least that can happen is for the SIS head to step down!
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S
17-12-2013 01:40pm
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How come ur that absurd?? Or is it a joke?!
Yeah indeed, sisi must step down as Defence minister over the banner, of course it's his fault!! This is as bad as losing a war!
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Modern_Humaniora
16-12-2013 11:56pm
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If... FAIR enough...
If the people say NO to the constitution in question in a FAIR referendum, then the previous [legitimate] constitution has to come in effect. FAIR enough...
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Farhan
17-12-2013 11:08am
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Only difference between this constituion and previous constitution
- This constitution gives absolute power to military, they can even try president - They banned MB in the name of religious party while main religious party is allowed to contest.
Farhan
17-12-2013 11:06am
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Absolutely
This constitution was written by selected people not elected people.

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