Egyptian media policy based on non-interference in others' affairs: Media body

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Mar 2023

Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) has asserted that the policy of Egyptian media in terms of foreign relations is based on "firm" principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of others.

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Egypt's media policy is also based on extending ties of cooperation and development and establishing peace within a firm framework of respect and common interests, the SCMR said in a statement on Saturday.

The SCMR said this policy goes in line with that of the Egyptian state and the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to "extend bridges of cooperation, communication and consultation with brotherly Arab countries, and to work on communication between countries and peoples."

The SCMR issued the statement ahead of the meetings of the 16th regular session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information, which are set to kick off on Sunday and will last till Thursday. The meetings will be held in Kuwait under the presidency of Iraq.

Earlier in February, El-Sisi said that Egypt does not accept insults against Arab brethren or attempts to sow discord with them, stressing "we should not forget how our brethren have stood with us." 

The president's remarks came amid a back-and-forth between various media figures in Egypt and Saudi Arabia on alleged tensions between the two countries.

​“I have noticed excessive enthusiasm, or should I say transgressions, on social media platforms towards our brethren on issues that have no basis in reality," he said.

According to Saturday’s statement, the SCMR is working to strengthen cooperation in the media field by signing protocols with other Arab countries.

These protocols involve holding training programmes to exchange experience and consultation in media, emphasising awareness and vigilance in order to swiftly address the media challenges facing Arab countries, the SCMR said.

The council further emphasised that tackling challenges in all their forms is not solely the duty of governments, as media institutions also have a crucial role to play in this regard.

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