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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

PM issues executive regs for National Press Authority

REGULATION WATCH- Madbouly issues executive regs for National Press Authority bill: Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly issued on Monday the executive regulations for the law passed in 2018 that regulates the National Press Authority (NPA). The law — one of three born out of the process of dividing part two of the Press and Media Act — outlines the structure, responsibilities and legal authority of the NPA, which oversees the work of state-owned newspapers, appoints board members and editors-in-chief and sets minimum wages. Under the executive regulations:

  • The NPA will create a committee to settle disputes between the newspapers, a development and support fund, and a committee to monitor their administrative and financial performance.
  • The authority’s financial and legal committee will use reports from the Administrative Control Authority to evaluate performance.
  • Boards are required to inform the NPA of their decisions within a week of issuing them. The NPA has the authority to freeze decisions until it has decided to either approve or reject them.

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