Back to the complete issue
Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Interior Ministry denies raiding Press Syndicate, accuses head of knowing harboring wanted journalists

The Interior Ministry has alleged that Press Syndicate chief Yahia Qalash knowingly harboured two fugitives. The ministry claims Qalash was aware of an arrest warrant for Amr Badr and Mahmoud El Sakka, yet harbored them at the Press Syndicate headquarters. In a letter to the House of Representatives denying a raid ever took place, the MOI says the two journalists willingly handed themselves over to the police when officers asked the Press Syndicate’s security department whether the two were in the building. The Prosecutor General’s Office said last week it would bring charges against Qalash if it believed it could prove he granted the two reporters sanctuary despite knowing of the arrest warrant. Al Mal reports that Qalash was scheduled to meet with the House Media Committee yesterday, with no word as of yet as to whether that meeting had taken place.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.