Magdy Samaan and Nancy Messieh discuss the hottest topic now in Egypt: Freedom of the Media. Excerpt below:
"Wahid Abdel-Meguid, the official spokesperson for the Constituent Assembly told Ahram Online, “There is a consensus that national media should no longer be regulated by the state or the upper consultative house of Shura Council.” He points to a proposed solution, saying, “As demanded by the Journalists’ Syndicate, the national press will be regulated by an independent media authority like the BBC and it should not be subject to any kind of state control.” This comes shortly after Morsi’s statement announcing the intention to form a committee to oversee both state and private media. Forming an independent media authority as a solution has come up repeatedly over the past year, but little has been done other than to suggest the model. The EOHR has also suggested a revision of the current legislation addressing freedom of press, constitutional protection of freedom of speech, the creation of a media charter to be used as a guideline for professional media conduct, as well as to allow for private ownership of the media."
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