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The book is a collection of papers tackling the issue of discrimination against religious minorities in Egypt through media coverage

Ahram Online, Wednesday 3 Aug 2011
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Al E'lam wa al mowatana (Media and Citizenship) edited by Mohamed Mounir Megahed, Cairo: Misreyoun Against Religious Discrimination, 2011. pp.316.

Misreyoun Against Religious Discrimination (MARED) has just published a book that combines all the papers and studies presented at its annual workshop in May 2010 tackling the topic "Media and Citizenship.” The book includes 25 papers written by a diverse group of media experts, journalists, researchers and academics, as well as political activists. Most notable contributors include Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, head of the National Democratic Front Party, which hosted the annual conference, and renowned journalists Salah Eissa and Gamal El-Banna.

The book includes a dedication to the Egyptian youth who crossed the barriers of traditional media and used social networks and the internet to ignite the revolution and expose the lies of the past. There is also a dedication to the martyrs of the January 25th Revolution, both Christian and Muslim, men and women, that promises to continue the battle for equality.

MARED is a non-government organization established in 2005, following the heightened sectarian strife between Christians and Muslims at that time. The group has since highlighted major issues in discrimination against religious minorities, particularly in education and media.

 

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