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Egyptian state TV set for major changes: Information Minister

New media guidelines to be imposed on Egyptian state TV network, according to information minister

MENA, Friday 17 Aug 2012
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An Egyptian protestor displays a shoe decorated with pictures of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak and other members of his government, during a protest outside the state television building in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (Photo by: AP)
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Egyptian state television is set for a major shakeup, according to Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maksoud.

“The media should be professional and give a platform to diverse opinions,” Abdel-Maksoud told the state news agency, MENA.

Abdel-Maksoud said state television would re-establish its prominent position among television networks.

The minister will form a committee, comprised of prominent media figures based inside and outside the state television network, to write a new set of new media guidelines.

Moreover, Abdel-Maksoud said he would ensure the media guidelines prevent the Cabinet and the People's Assembly from interfering with the media laws.

Abdel-Maksoud is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was recently appointed to his position as information minister by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.

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