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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.

Egyptian Prosecutors Look Into Prank on Police

Tahrir Square. Photography by Frank Schulenburg. Thumbnail: Egyptian Policemen. Photography by BanyanTree.

January 26, 2016—Egyptian prosecutors are looking into a complaint filed against an actor and a correspondent for a TV comedy show over a video in which they played a prank on policemen.

Oct. 31, 2015 - Egypt journalist and chief editor referred to criminal court

A journalist and the editor-in-chief of a magazine run by the state-owned Akhbar Al-Youm news organisation were referred to a criminal court on Saturday for publishing and writing an article containing "obscene sexual content." (Aswat Masriya)

PODCAST | Tackling Egypt's National Broadcasting Dilemma

For the first episode of the Arab Media & Society Podcast, Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi speaks with Hafez Al Mirazi, a veteran of Arab and international broadcasting and Director of the Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at the American University in Cairo about why reforming Egyptian national broadcasting is essential to its survival.

Oct. 30, 2015 - Controversial TV anchorwoman Riham Saeed resigns as channel suspends her show

Al-Nahar TV Network announced Friday the suspension of Sabaya al-Kheir TV program hosted by controversial anchorwoman Riham Saeed, who resigned amid public outrage against her for airing personal photos of a guest on her show without her permission. Last Tuesday, Saeed hosted Somaya Tarek, who claims to have been harassed by a man in a Heliopolis mall. On her show, Saeed appeared to defend the man and blame the woman, implying that Tarek "had brought it on herself." (Aswat Masriya)

A Marriage of Misunderstanding

In April 2014, Egypt’s then foreign minister Nabil Fahmy used a marriage simile to describe the country’s relationship with the United States. At home, the expression didn’t translate. Muhammad Y Gamal discusses the challenges associated with media translation, and makes a case for the development of a coherent media translation policy in Egypt.

Navigating the Ethics of Citizen Video: The Case of a Sexual Assault in Egypt

Filming protest against sexual harassment, Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy

Using video of a sexual assault in Tahrir Square as a case study, Madeleine Bair discusses the ethical and logistical considerations of citizen video as a means for social documentation. Bair points to the emergent challenges including reliability, consent, preservation and security, as citizen videos are sourced with increasing regularity by both new and traditional media. The Egyptian video, which sparked national change and international outrage, is a striking example of how citizen video can both shine light on an issue and stir controversy.

A Revolutionary Role or a Remnant of the Past? The Future of the Egyptian Journalist Syndicate after the January 25th Revolution

Photo by Mark Visonà

Miriam Berger reports on change and stagnation at the Egyptian Journalist Syndicate, Egypt’s only official journalist union. Through interviews with syndicate members and media observers, she paints a granular picture of how efforts to reform the syndicate remain blocked by entrenched political, economic and state interests.

Report: The American University in Cairo's Conference on Egypt and International Models of Regulation and Accountability

Egypt’s broadcast media is widely seen as unruly and in need of regulation, with the rights and responsibilities of journalists still unclear two years after the revolution. Mark Visonà reports on the recommendations of a recent conference, hosted by the American University of Cairo, on how to build a regulatory framework. The conference, “Egypt and International Models of Broadcast Regulation and Accountability,” featured guest speakers from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United States, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco.

Revolutionary Media on a Budget: Facebook-only Social JournalismIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

In one of the first studies of Egypt’s Rassd News Network (RNN), Yomna Elsayed explores how this Facebook-based citizen journalism network became the most influential news source during the revolution. Placing RNN in the context of alternative media launched on social networks, she explores the reasons for its success as well as the challenges that it faces.

Is the Egyptian Press Ready for Democracy? Evaluating Newspaper Coverage as an Indicator of Democratization

Photo by Zeinab Mohamed

Noah Rayman performs a quantitative textual analysis of pre- and post-revolution news coverage in the Egyptian independent newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. He finds that the extent of the paper’s post-revolutionary political coverage and social engagement indicate that Egyptian society and media is progressing on the path to democratization, despite the fact that qualitative analysis paints a less optimistic picture.

A Proposal for a Dialogue on Media Reform

Photograph by Sarah Sheffer

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan calls for a society-wide dialogue to discuss the reform of both state and privately owned media, including a ban on individuals owning more than 10 percent of a media outlet.

Egypt's Media Ecology in a Time of Revolution

The Egyptian state TV building has been a magnet for protests in 2011 - Photo by Sebo Masr

Dr Mark Allen Peterson contrasts the Egyptian mediascape in 2011 with its Iranian counterpart in 1979 and concludes that, unlike Iran, Egypt is unlikely to revert to a pre-revolutionary status quo which included state domination of the media.

Assessing the economic impact of the Egyptian uprising

A graph showing the precipitous decline in Internet activity in Egypt on Jan. 28

Courtney C. Radsch discusses the interplay between the economic benefits of good communications, the willingness of Arab regimes to close down the Internet and mobile phone networks when they think their survival is at stake, and the role of multinational companies in the region.

Cyberactivism in the Egyptian Revolution: How Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism Tilted the BalanceIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

An Egyptian protester acknowledges the role of social media, picture by Awais Chaudhry

Dr Sahar Khamis and Katherine Vaughn give a comprehensive overview of the role of new media in the overthrow of Mubarak and wonders whether the same tools will enable activists to keep up the pressure for change during what could a lengthy transitional period.

The Unlikely Young Cosmopolitans of Cairo

Commuters about to board the Cairo metro - picture by Asim Bharwani

Heba Elsayed argues that young members of Cairo's lower middle classes, because of their ability to negotiate for themselves a heterogeneous cosmopolitanism dependent upon local repertoires yet also drawing on global discourses, are more deserving of the cosmopolitan label than their upper-class counterparts.

Saintly Soap Operas: An examination of three Coptic saint dramas

An Icon of the Coptic saint Mousa the Black

Omar Foda looks at the video hagiographies of three Coptic saints and finds that this little-studied genre draws heavily on the tropes of the Egyptian musalsal, including very colloquial Arabic language and exclusive use of melodrama in the presentation of emotions