Egypt's Press Syndicate boycotts controversial lawyer Mortada Mansour

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Nov 2015

The move came after Mansour verbally attacked and leveled accusations of bias against journalist Lamis El-Hadidy in regards to his son's parliamentary bid

Journalists' Syndicate Headquarters, downtown Cairo (Photo: Mohamed Nada)

Egypt's Press Syndicate announced on Monday its solidarity with the Chamber of Audiovisual Media Industry's (CAMI) decision to ban lawyer and Zamalek Club chairman Mortada Mansour from appearing on its TV channels.

"We call on all journalists who are members of the syndicate to boycott any pressers held by Mansour as well as not report on any of his statements," the syndicate said in a statement.

On Sunday, the CAMI, an independent entity composed of several private TV channels and media agencies, decided to ban Mansour following the release of a statement by the CBC channel condemning Mansour's attack against its TV host Lamis El-Hadidy.

Mansour had accused El-Hadidy of intentionally not giving a voice to his son Ahmed Mortada Mansour while he was running for parliament last month.

Mansour claimed that his son, now an MP, wanted to make a phone call on El-Hadidy's show, which she refused while at the same time hosting  his rival in the electoral race, Amr El-Shobaki.

The Press Syndicate's statement also announced its solidarity with CBC "especially since Mansour has returned to attacking journalists and media personalities."

For his part, Mansour decided late Monday to cancel the membership of several prominent journalists at Zamalek Sport's Club in response to the CAMI and Press Syndicate decision.

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