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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MP Mostafa Bakry releases a list of new newspaper heads

Gadfly MP tweets out what he claims is the list of new state newspaper bosses: MP Mostafa Bakry released overnight what he claims is a list of the new heads of domestic newspapers in a series of tweets ahead of a press conference the National Press Authority is scheduled to hold at 11:00am today to make the official announcement. According to Bakry, Press Syndicate head Abdel Mohsen Salama will be announced as the new chairman of Al Ahram’s board of directors, succeeding Ahmed El Naggar, who resigned from his post as Al Ahram’s chairman last month in protest of what he claimed was interference by the National Press Authority in the management of the country’s newspapers. Other names expected to be announced today include Alaa Thabet as Al Ahram’s editor-in-chief, Amr El Khayyat as Akhbar Al Youm’s editor-in-chief, and Sherif Khafagy as the editor-in-chief of Al Akhbar. Al Masry Al Youm also has a roundup of Bakry’s tweets.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether the Supreme Media Council held a meeting yesterday as we were expecting to discuss the Ismail government’s decision to block access to 21 websites. The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies condemned the websites ban yesterday, according to Al Mal.

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