Egypt interim president appoints new board for Supreme Press Council

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Aug 2013

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour orders creation of new board for governing state-owned media

Egypt interm president forms new board for press-governing council
Head of Egypt's Syndicate of Journalists Diaa Rashwan (Photo: Ahram Arabic News Website)

Egypt's interim head of state Adly Mansour has introduced a raft of changes to the law governing state media in Egypt, state news agency MENA reported.

According to the presidential decree issued on Monday, interim President Adly Mansour is to form a 15-member interim Supreme Council of Press to oversee Egypt's press affairs, after an Islamist-dominant board was dissolved on the heels of the overthrow of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July amid nationwide protests against his rule.

The Supreme Council of Press (SCP) was established in 1980 to preside over state-owned press organisations.

The new SCP 15-member board will comprise of the head and members of the Journalists' Syndicate, press professors, and lawmakers along with prominent public figures and writers. The panel of the Cairo-based council serves for a four-year term.

Amid a legislative void following the dissolution of the upper house of parliament (Shura Council) after Morsi's ouster, the new Supreme Council of Press is to hold all powers and jurisdiction over press affairs and state-run news institutions in Egypt until a new constitution is drafted and the legislative chamber is elected.

The Islamist-drafted constitution was also suspended. The army, in conjunction with the opposition, introduced a roadmap for Egypt's political future, which outlines new presidential and parliamentary elections and the drafting of a new charter in about six months.

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