New heads of Egypt’s media heads (Photo: Al-Ahram)
The new heads of Egypt’s media bodies were sworn in on Sunday before the parliament, more than a week after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree reshuffling the members the bodies, including the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR).
Karam Gabr, the incumbent head of the National Press Authority (NPA), was sworn in as the new head of the SCMR, replacing veteran journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed.
The SCMR includes representatives from the State Council, the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), and several journalists.
Abdel-Sadek El-Shorbagy, who also took an oath in front of the House, is replacing Gabr as the head of the NPA, the reshuffle for which includes representatives from the State Council, the finance ministry, the national press, and workers at press institutions.
Hussein Zein was sworn in as the head of the National Media Authority, keeping his post in the media body.
All the media entities will see a four-year term, as stipulated by the decree.
Under Egypt's 2014 constitution, TV, radio, print and online media are regulated by three bodies: the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, the National Press Authority, and the National Media Authority.