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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Bad weather and HRW report in the spotlight on a dry night on the airwaves

The combination of bad weather and a national holiday left the airwaves with little of value to offer last night.

The crazy weather was, of course, the talk of the town. The amount of rainfall in areas like New Cairo was unexpected, Cabinet spokesperson Ashraf Sultan told Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal. He said that the government was working on overhauling infrastructure in the area that can’t sustain heavy rainfall (watch, runtime: 3:00).Chief Meteorologist Ahmed Abdel Aal told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Tamer Amin and Kol Youm’s Ragaa El Gedawy (who subbed for Amr Adib) that the storm should subside by Friday (watch here, runtime: 4:41 and here, runtime: 3:00).

Over on Hona Al Asema, startup Tazcara walked away with EGP 100k from the CIB-sponsored Hona Al Shabab competition with Lamees Al Hadidi, while Marj3 and Surv followed in second and third place (watch, runtime: 2:50).

Meanwhile, a Human Rights Watch report claiming North Sinai residents have no access to essential goods was once again in the spotlight on Masaa DMC. Kamal criticized HRW for what he described as a lack of accuracy, adding that North Sinai residents have been in touch with videos and pictures to prove they were well-provisioned (watch, runtime: 4:54).

A law that would ban clinical trials on humans made the agenda on Masaa DMC, while Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer showered footballer Mohamed Salah with praise (watch, runtime: 2:40), and Al Hayah Al Youm’s Amin spoke to General Nabil Aboul Naga about Sinai Liberation Day (watch, runtime: 25:07).

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