Egypt's Press syndicate calls for meeting on Wednesday to discuss latest in police dispute
Ahram Online, , Sunday 15 May 2016

Egypt's press syndicate called for a meeting of its members on Wednesday to follow up on the latest developments in the ongoing dispute with the interior ministry, a statement by the syndicate said.

The syndicate meeting will aim to find solutions that "preserve the union's entity and journalists' dignity."

The board has formed a committee to prepare and present an agenda to the syndicate on Sunday for Wednesday's meeting.

On Saturday, syndicate head Yehia Kalash discussed with the board members the latest developments in the crisis, examining the legal aspects and procedures in the frame of respecting the laws and the constitution.

The ongoing clash between the syndicate and the ministry startedafter police stormed the union headquarters on 1 Mayto arresttwo journalists on charges including inciting the public to violence and plotting to overthrow the regime.

Shortly following the "unprecedented and barbaric attack," as described by the syndicate, the boardmade several demandsatan urgent meetingattended by over 2,000 journalists, which included the sacking of the interior minister and the release of all journalists jailed in freedom of expression cases.

A general assembly meeting, which was set for last week, was rescheduled for Tuesday to discuss a possible strike if the demands are not met. It is unclear if Wednesday's announced gathering would be replacing Tuesday's meeting.

Parliament has been mediating between the two sides to resolve the standoff.

Last week, MPs affiliated with the parliament's Media and ‎Culture Committee told reporters that ‎there are indications that the ongoing crisis would soonreach a "friendly solution."

Kalash has said that the syndicate highly ‎appreciates parliament's attempts to find a solution ‎for the crisis with the interior ministry.