Egyptian think tank hosts roundtable discussion on challenges facing foreign correspondents

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jun 2024

The Egyptian Centre for Strategic Studies (ECSS), a Cairo-based think tank, and the Sadat Association for Development and Social Welfare, an NGO, held a roundtable on Tuesday that brought together foreign correspondents in Egypt.

Part of the event which was held to support the work of foreign media correspondents by ECSS and the Sadat Association for Development and Social Welfare in partnership with the Swiss Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday 11 June, 2024.


Through an open and frank dialogue, the event, held in partnership with the Swiss Embassy in Cairo, touched upon ways to support the work of foreign media correspondents.

Discussions delved into the challenges faced by these journalists, whether related to administrative matters such as permits or communication with news and information sources.

Mohamed Ibrahim, the ESCC’s deputy director, stated that the meeting aims to extend bridges of communication with representatives of the foreign media in Egypt.

Ibrahim also expressed the Egyptian government's willingness to listen to their concerns and provide recommendations to the relevant authorities on resolving any obstacles they may face.

"This represents an initiative by the Egyptian government to bridge the gap with the international press after decades of push-and-pull relationship," he noted.

For his part, Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, the head of the Sadat association, also noted that this meeting signifies a “qualitative” shift in the dialogue with foreign correspondents in Egypt, aligning with the state's approach to fostering a constructive relationship with the international community.

Similarly, Diaa Rashwan, the Chairman of the State Information Service (SIS), stated that the SIS extends all possible support to foreign journalists and is readily available to assist them in obtaining information or responses from senior officials.

“All complaints presented by reporters in this meeting will thoroughly be considered,” Rashwan asserted.

Speaking as the Head of the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists, Khaled El-Balshi underscored the importance of granting reporters complete freedom to carry out their duties within the country, asserting that all local and foreign journalists have equal rights related to professional performance.

The meeting also witnessed the participation of Ezzat Ibrahim, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online.

Ibrahim began by reviewing the development of the Egyptian foreign-language press in Egypt.

He explained that the Egyptian foreign-language media represents a vital asset to the work of foreign correspondents and diplomatic missions and serves as an essential conduit for enhancing Egypt's global image in light of practices that adhere to professional standards.

The participants also reviewed administrative obstacles hindering the foreign press and the transmission of inaccurate depictions of the situation in the country.

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