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Thursday, 9 July 2020

Women’s rights, geopolitics top stories on talk shows

Women’s rights and geopolitics dominated the airwaves last night, with the nation’s talking heads devoting much of their coverage to discussing cabinet proposals to protect the identities of assault victims, and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s statements on Libya to the UN Security Council

Draft law to safeguard crime victims: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa highlighted the cabinet’s approval of a draft law to protect the anonymity of victims of crimes, including sexual assault and harassment. (watch, runtime: 7:48). Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan spoke with Maya Morsi, the head of the Women National Council (watch, runtime: 17:09) while Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer also gave the story some coverage (watch, runtime: 3:01). We have more on this in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Egypt voices Libya concerns to UNSC: Radwan covered Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s statement to the UN Security Council yesterday, during which he stressed that Libya had become a safe haven for terrorists and called for disarming militias and reaching a political solution in the country. Shoukry called on the international community to counter the terrorist threat in Libya and noted the resurgence of Daesh in several Libyan cities (watch, runtime: 1:47). Amer (watch, runtime: 1:24) covered the same report.

Former foreign minister Mohamed El Orabi expressed disappointment that the security council failed to adopt a resolution on the Libyan conflict and called for firm positions to be taken against any country involved in supporting terrorist groups. He appeared in an interview with Moussa (watch, runtime: 10:11).

Alexandria Library head weighs in on GERD, Libya: Amer spoke with the head of Alexandria Library Mostafa El Feky, who said that Egypt is not working against Ethiopian interests regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), but injustice. He said that the GERD dispute would not be solved regionally but required international intervention to put pressure on Ethiopia. Regarding Libya, El Feky said that Shoukry’s statement to the Security Council demonstrated that Egypt was keen on a political solution to the crisis, and condemned the “Turkish invasion” of Libya, saying Turkey was “transferring” the Syrian conflict to Libya to cripple its development (watch, runtime: 5:03), (watch, runtime: 3:31).

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