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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Attacks on Hurghada topped coverage on the airwaves

The events of last weekend — particularly the attacks on tourists in Hurghada — left the talking heads with much to discuss.

On Kol Youm, Amr Adib spoke to Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed about the murder of two German tourists in Hurghada over the weekend. Rashed said the ministry has been in touch with newsrooms across the globe to update them on the latest developments in the case. He also said that there has been nothing to suggest that tour operators plan on canceling bookings (watch, runtime 9:33). Adib’s reporter on the ground in Hurghada confirmed that hotel cancellation rates have been “very low” since the incident (watch, runtime 9:25).

Adib then moved on to talk about the government’s new collaboration with private transport company Mowasalat Misr to bring WiFi-equipped buses to Cairo’s streets. The new buses, which will cost citizens around EGP 5, are part of a bid to get private car owners to opt for public transport. The UAE’s Emirates National Group is also a partner on the project, Taha said, explaining that the company hopes to deliver more than 500 buses in two years and has maintenance contracts in place to ensure that service quality remains consistent (watch here, runtime 3:20 and here runtime 2:51).

Over on Hona Al Asema, Lamees Al Hadidi learned that the government will begin issuing compensations in August to contractors under the Contractor Compensation Act.. Deputy Housing Minister Hisham Darwish told the host that the government will determine the rate of compensation on a case-by-case basis.

She then spoke to Supply Minister Ali El Moselhy on updating ration cards. (We have more in Politics + Economics but, you can watch the interviw here, runtime 31:33).

Finally, on Masaa DMC, Eman El Hosary covered the attack on a security guard at All Saint’s Church in Alexandria — the same one that was hit on 31 December, 2010 (watch, runtime 5:27).

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