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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Another random night on the airwaves

Last night on the airwaves was random to a point that felt almost intentional, with issues from House reps. calling for cafes to close earlier, to online data privacy, and the government’s birth control initiative, all up for debate.

House reps. want cafes to close at midnight. A number of reps. have banded together to push forward legislation that would force coffee shops to close their doors at midnight, Rep. Essam El Feky told Adib on El Hekaya. He explained that the move would save “money, time, and energy,” claiming that people waste a good portion of all three smoking shisha and cigarettes well into the night on a daily basis. He said that cafes in touristic resorts and areas would be exempt from the law (watch, runtime: 00:30 and here, runtime: 2:13). House Rep. Atef Mekhilef was of a different view, saying that the decision would create a backlash (watch, runtime: 5:17).

Many state employees are already only working about four days a week, Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra said. She cites CAPMAS statistics saying that about 40% of government workers take three days off every week — a perk to which five categories of employees are entitled to, including those with disabilities, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. This comes just a week after the cabinet nixed a proposal to shorten state employees’ work week to four days, claiming it had been rejected by most government offices and agencies (watch, runtime: 4:00).

Stop sharing your private data online, security expert Adel Abdel Moneim told viewers on Hona Al Asema, where he discussed Facebook’s latest breach, which compromised data belonging to some 30 mn users (watch, runtime: 9:10).

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was the subject of Amr Adib’s praise on El Hekaya. Adib took note of El Sisi’s interview with Kuwaiti daily Al Shahed, where he said that his administration will never again cooperate with the Ikhwan (watch, runtime: 3:05).

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • The 2009 law regulating the poultry trade seeks to reduce the risks to public health, Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Hamed Abdel Dayem told Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 38:03);
  • The capture of Egyptian officer-turned-terrorist Hisham Al Ashmawy was once again dissected on Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra, who hosted military expert Khaled Okasha (watch, runtime: 19:26);
  • Social Solidarity Ministry official Randa Fares was on Masaa DMC to discuss the government’s recent birth control campaign (watch, runtime: 4:04).

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