Formerly TBS Journal

ISSN: 1687-7721


DMC TV Network Takes Over

February 28, 2017—DMC TV network started broadcasting its long list of television programs and series in Egypt on January 14, establishing itself as a major player in the Arab media landscape. Speaking to Al-Watan newspaper in January, Emad Rabie—DMC’sCEO—said that the coming period will witness the launching of further channels such as DMC Kids, DMC News and DMC Masrah (Theatre).

FILM REVIEW | I Am The People

State Control Over Film Production in EgyptIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Public Culture and Islam in Modern Egypt

Revolutionary Art or “Revolutonizing Art”? Making Art on the Streets of Cairo Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

The Birth and Death of 25TV: Innovation in Post-Revolution Egyptian TV News FormatsIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

FILM REVIEW | Pressurized Conflict Laid Bare in Clash

Egypt Court Postpones Rabaa Dispersal Trial

August 9, 2016—The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the “Rabaa Dispersal” trial until September 6 during today’s court session. Among the nearly 740 defendants are Egyptian photographer Shawkan and important Muslim Brotherhood figures.

Egypt Prohibits Police Officers from Speaking to Media

August 9, 2016—Egypt's parliament approved legislation prohibiting police officers from sharing work-related information with media outlets today. The push for reform is due in part to recurrent complaints, many from human rights lawyers, of abuse and torture in police custody.

A CLOSER LOOK | Ultras Ahlawy: The Narratives of Egyptian Sports Media

July 31, 2016—Friction between passionate football supporters and their depiction in sports media has developed over the past few years. Ultras Ahlawy, the Egyptian organization under which the fans gather, is at the epicenter of violence and anti-government conspiracy theories.

Egyptian Filmmaker Mohamed Khan Dies at 73

July 26, 2016—Following a sudden health crisis, Egyptian director and filmmaker Mohamed Khan died this morning at age 73. He changed the face of Egyptian cinema in the 1980s with the expansion of neo-realism. Khan was born in Cairo in 1942 and studied at the London International Film School.

Imprisoned Egyptian Photojournalist Receives Award

July 19, 2016—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded one of its four 2016 International Press Freedom Awards to freelance photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid “Shawkan” yesterday. The other recipients are journalists from India, Turkey, and El Salvador who have also faced “threats, legal action, and imprisonment” in the course of their work.

Court Rejects Motion to Suspend Egyptian Novelist's Prison Sentence

Ahmed Naji with his novel. (Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi/Facebook)

July 16, 2016—A local court denied the request for a stay of execution for novelist Ahmed Naji today. Naji is currently serving a two-year prison sentence.

Lebanese Talk Show Host Arrested After ONTV Contract Terminated

Liliane Daoud. Thumbnail image captured from ONTV.

June 27, 2016—Lebanese broadcast journalist and TV host Liliane Daoud was arrested today, mere hours after she ended her contract with Egyptian television channel ONTV.

Media Barred from Trial of Egyptian Press Syndicate Leaders

Egyptian president al-Sisi agreed to cede islands Tiran and Sanafir (pictured above) to Saudi Arabia in April. The decision has since been reversed by a high court. Map from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Thumbnail photography by Jeff Djevdet.

June 4, 2016—The Qasr el-Nil Court prohibited journalists from entering the trial of Press Syndicate head Yehia Qallash and senior board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abd al-Reheem.

Human Rights and Media Organizations Condemn Arrests of Key Egyptian Media Figures

Egypt's Press Syndicate, which features graffiti of late journalists al-Husseini Abu Deif and Mayada Ashraf. Photography by Zeinab Mohamed. Thumbnail: Press Syndicate head, Yahia Qallash.

May 30, 2016—Amnesty International called the recent arrest of Egyptian Press Syndicate members "an alarming setback for freedom of expression." The Syndicate leaders were questioned for nearly 12 hours apropos “sheltering” Badr and al-Saqqa at the Syndicate. The prosecution accused the men of harboring fugitives.

Cabinet of Egypt Approves Bill Governing Media and Press

Photography by Paolo Negri. Thumbnail photography by Russel Davies.

May 16, 2016—Egypt's Minister of Planning and head of the National Committee for Press and Media Legislation, Ashraf al-Araby, announced the Cabinet's approval of a new bill today. The proposed law includes 230 articles that promise to protect and regulate the work of the media.

Egyptian Media Company Buys ONTV from Tycoon Naguib Sawiris

A baby perches ON a TV in honor of this monumental acquisition. Photography by Stephen Roat. Thumbnail: ONTV's official logo.

May 15, 2016—Naguib Sawiris has sold the company that owns television channel ONTV. According to a spokesperson today, the company was bought by one of Ahmed Abu Hashima's enterprises, the Egyptian Media Company.

Social Media Users Protest Detention of Members of a Young Egyptian Satirical Group

Satirist Bassem Youssef posted a selfie on Twitter in support of the Street Children (pictured below Youssef). Thumbnail: the six members in Street Children.

May 12, 2016—A social media campaign of selfies went viral yesterday in response to the recent prosecutorial decision to detain members of the group Street Children for 15 days. These activists and social media users called for the Street Children’s freedom by posting personal selfies with the Arabic hashtag, “Does the phone camera shake/scare you?”

Egyptian President al-Sisi Meets with Intellectuals Amid Rising Concerns over Media Freedom

Drawing by Edward Tennyson Reed. Thumbnail: Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Image from Rafaat Gadelrab.

March 22, 2016—Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi initiated an open dialogue today with prominent intellectual figures, according to a statement from the President’s Office. The meeting, which was attended by approximately twenty invitees, marked the inaugural installment of a series of planned national dialogues among politicians, intellectuals, and media workers.

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