Sisi issues decree defining composition of Egypt’s three new media bodies

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has issued a decree defining the composition of three new media bodies on Tuesday; the Higher Council for Media Regulation (HCMR), National Press Organisation (NPO), and National Media Organisation (NMO).

The heads of bodies will be Makram Mohamed Ahmed for the HCMR, Karam Gabr for the NPO, and Hussein Zein for the NMO, with each appointment announced through media statements.

Each body is comprised of 13 members drawn from different sources and variously selected by the president, parliament, the press syndicate, the Higher Council for Universities, the State Council and the Ministry of Finance.

The NPO will replace the current Higher Press Council, taking charge of supervising state-owned press organisations. It will be responsible for selecting the board chairmen and editors of their affiliated publications.

The NMO will replace the current Radio and Television Union (RTU), with a mandate to oversee state-owned audio-visual media, radio, and digital media institutions in a manner that guarantees their independence, professionalism and profitability, according to the constitution.

The HCMR will regulate all media outlets, whether audio-visual, digital or print, both public and private, in coordination with the NPO and the NMO.

The HCMR will also take charge of licensing media outlets and drawing up a code of media ethics, with a focus on respecting public morals and national security concerns, by which all media organisations must abide, whether they be public, private or owned by political parties.

Source: Ahram online

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