posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 10:25 PM
Major media outlets in Egypt are uniting together in the next two days to stage a strike against the current Islamist led Gov't. The Muslim
Brotherhood is trying their best to take control of Egypt but many Egyptians are protesting. The question is, who does the military support, the
people or the Muslim Brotherhood?
12 newspapers and 5 TV channels strike for freedom of expression
12 Egyptian privately and partisan-owned newspapers and five TV channels plan to stop work on Tuesday and Wednesday against the proposed draft
The draft constitution, which was passed on 30 November by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and is set to be voted on in a referendum on
15 December, does not include articles against the imprisonment of journalists in cases related to freedom of expression as demanded by
The Journalists Syndicate's executive council had withdrawn its representatives from the Constituent Assembly in mid-November after its
recommendations and suggestions were ignored by the assembly.
Later, the general assembly of the syndicate had threatened on 25 November to stage a strike against the constitutional declaration that president
Mohamed Morsi issued on 23 November..
The newspapers that will go on strike on Tuesday include: Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Watan, Al-Tahrir, Al-Wafd, Al-Youm 7, Al-Dostour, Al-Shorouk, Al-Sabah,
Al-Ahaly, Al-Ahrar, Al-Fagr and Osbooa.
The TV channels that will go on strike on Wednesday, with blank screens broadcasting in place of content, are: ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels,
Al-Hayat Channels and Dream TV channels.
Already on Monday, Al-Wafd newspaper, Al-Youm 7 newspaper, Al-Watan newspaper, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper and Tahrir newspaper shared the same
headline “No to dictatorship” with an illustration showing a prisoner made of newspaper sitting in a dark cell.
Online media will not go on strike on Tuesday to be able to cover the newspaper strike and other protests planned by the opposition against both the
declation and the draft at the presidential palace in the evening.
"We need the online media to be able to send the message of the strike to the reader," Alaa El-Attar, member of the Journalists Syndicate board told
"However, it will be left to every online new site to define the way it expresses its solidarity with the strike," El Attar added.
Opposition set to march on presidential palace against Morsi decrees
Egyptian opposition parties and revolutionary groups will organise a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Tuesday afternoon to
protest the draft constitution, which will be put to national referendum on 15 December.
The call was initiated by the National Salvation Front, a recently-formed umbrella group led by former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr
Moussa, as well as reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei, after President Morsi announced the date of the upcoming referendum on Saturday.
"The Constituent Assembly is illegitimate, and it produced a disfigured constitution without the participation of women, Christians, workers or
intellectuals. We will seek all nonviolent means to prevent this assault on the rule of law from happening," Hussein Abdel-Ghani, a spokesman for the
group, told Ahram Online.
edit on 3-12-2012 by Swills because: (no reason given)