Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei voiced satisfaction over the dismissal of key state media figures, describing their departure as "a huge step towards building a new Egypt".
The cabinet announced Wednesday that a large number of chairmen and chief editors had been replaced within the major press institutions. State-run media have been panned for being unprofessionally biased towards toppled President Hosni Mubarak and his regime during the 25 January Revolution and before.
Governmental newspapers and TV channels were also accused of circulating wild rumours in an attempt to disperse the crowds gathered in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the uprising. On his Twitter page, former UN atomic watchdog chief ElBaradei called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to relieve state television figures of their duties also.
“All media has to be independent,” the Nobel Prize winner said.
On the Interim Constitutional Declaration, ElBaradei briefly commented: “The constitutional decree, with all its aspects, deserved to be discussed, didn’t it?”
Major General Mamduh Shahin told a press conference Wednesday that the Interim Constitutional Declaration consists of 62 articles, only nine of which were endorsed in a referendum 19 March.
Under the supervision of the Supreme Judicial Commission, over 14 million of 18 million voting favoured the nine constitutional amendments.
ElBaradei was attacked while on his way to cast his vote at the Shaimaa School in Moqattam district. The assault is widely believed to be premeditated.