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Monday, December 3, 2012
Egypt: 12 newspapers and 5 TV channels

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 journalists.

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
constitution
Ahram Online , Monday 3 Dec 2012
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59726/Egypt/Politics-/-newspapers-and--TV-channels-strike-for-freedom-of.aspx

Ahram Online declares its full support for the strike action undertaken on
Tuesday by a large number of major Egyptian newspapers and TV stations in
defence of freedom of the press, freedom of expression, civil liberties and
the rule of law. In view of our particular status as a web-based news
outlet, however, we will maintain our updates throughout this crucial day of
protest, not in contravention of the strike action, but in full solidarity
with it. These decisions were consensually adopted by an all-staff meeting
of Ahram Online, and in consultation with members of the board of the Press
Syndicate and striking news media.

Twelve Egyptian newspapers and five TV channels announced that they will go
on strike for one day to object to both recently issued constitutional
declaration and the draft constitution.

The newspapers will not print on Tuesday and the TV channels will go off-air
on Wednesday.

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 journalists.

The Journalists Syndicate's executive council had withdrawn its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
Ahram Online.

"However, it will be left to every online new site to define the way it
expresses its solidarity with the strike," El Attar added.

Ahram Arabic news website reporters have decided to go on partial strike on
Monday in solidarity with the media strike planned for Tuesday.

"We announce, as the young reporters of Ahram Arabic portal, that on top the
disgraceful rejection of journalism in the new draft constitution and how
Judge Hossam El-Gheriany, the head of Constituent Assembly, mocked
journalists,” said the statement.

"We decided to go on strike Monday, 3 December, in solidarity with the right
of the reader to get free press, away from any pressure and in accordance
with the decision of the Journalists' Syndicate Council to go on strike to
object to the repression of freedoms, the approval to confiscate newspapers
and imprisonment of journalists in the new draft constitution," the
statement continued.

The reporters of Ahram Arabic news website, which is considered one of the
biggest news portals in Egypt, are on strike, with the exception of a single
reporter who is keeping the portal updated.

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