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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Parliament approves amendment to allow El Sisi to reshuffle Higher Press Council

The Parliament’s Media and Culture Committee approved on Tuesday an amendment of Article 86 of the Press Law that would give President Abdel Fattah El Sisi the power to reshuffle the Higher Press Council (HPC) for one temporary term until the legislation is passed by parliament, Ahram Online reported. The HPC will also name new editors and board chairmen of state-run news organisations, as well as have the same powers as the defunct upper house of the Shura Council. “The amendment just grants the president of the republic the right to appoint a new HPC as the legal term of the current one has expired and it no longer has the legal capacity to name new editors and board chairmen of national press organisations,” independent MP Mustafa Bakri, who proposed the amendment, said, ensuring that there are no political motives behind the move.

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