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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

World Youth Forum continues to dominate last night’s talk shows

As expected, the airwaves were still chock-full of coverage of the World Youth Forum last night. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech at yesterday’s session was again the main point of interest for Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 56:31).

El Sisi’s decision to look into amending the controversial NGOs Act received praise from National Human Rights Council member Hafiz Abu Saada, who told El Hekaya that the law has been problematic since its inception. Abu Saada stressed that any amendments should be agreed upon by all relevant parties, including the government and civil society organizations, and should strike a balance between security concerns and granting NGOs the space to operate effectively (watch, runtime: 2:08).

Another rallying cry for the country’s opposition from Mohamed El Baradei had El Hekaya’s Amr Adib tapping his inner Sherlock Holmes in an attempt to understand El Baradei’s underlying intentions. Adib also renewed his request that opposition groups begin preparing from now to field a viable candidate for the 2022 presidential elections (watch, runtime: 2:26).

Authorities are probing the death by electrocution of a doctor at the Matareya Teaching Hospital, which may have been a result of administrative negligence, Administrative Prosecution Authority spokesman Mohamed Samir told Hona Al Asema. Prosecutors have referred four hospital officials to court over the case and a committee has been tasked with inspecting the facility, according to Samir (watch, runtime: 8:50).

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