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State radio struggles to find own voice

By Dina Zayed / Reuters CAIRO: Despite the bigger margin of freedom facilitated to state radio by the 2011 uprising, especially when discussing previous taboos such as politics, censorship remains an ever present warning, even when it comes to the song selections. “Soot fel-Zahma” (A Voice in the Crowd), however, presents an example of defiance and …

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Revolution yet to reach state media, say experts

* Hisham Kassem says, “State media has always served its master.” (Daily News Egypt Photo / Hassan Ibrahim). # ! CAIRO: After praising the “glorious revolution,” it didn’t take long for Egypt’s state media to return to being the mouthpiece of the new rulers. "State media has always served its master. When Mubarak was ousted, …

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Nile News staff says promised editorial independence

CAIRO: After a sit-in on Sunday, journalists and staff of the state-run Nile News await for their demands of editorial independence to be met following promises from the government. “We received some promises, but because the process requires a lot of bureaucracy, we are still waiting for answers,” Mona El-Shehab, a newscaster with the channel, …

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Ahram journalists lash out at pro-government editorial policies

CAIRO: Veteran journalists at state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper expressed their grievances at the continuation of the pre-January 25 editorial policies that pander to whoever is in power. Journalists argued that the name of ousted president Hosni Mubarak was removed from the headlines only to be replaced by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). “I …

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Experts say state media ‘glorifies ruler,’ responsible for misinformation

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: Following its coverage of recent clashes between protesters and armed forces that left 25 people dead, experts hold state media accountable for misinformation, blaming it for many of the society’s ailments including sectarianism. Last Sunday, when a Maspero march was attacked, state TV called on Egyptians to defend the military from …

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State-owned press overhaul announced days before planned protest

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: In a decree that many deem as overdue, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf announced the appointment of new chairmen and editors-in-chief of state-owned newspapers after securing the approval of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The decree, which comes two days before a planned million man rally in Tahrir Square “to save …

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Television, cinema workers demand sacking top figures

CAIRO: Hundreds of employees at the Egyptian Radio and Television Union protested Tuesday in front of the TV building demanding the discharge of top figures and equitable payroll regulations for all employees. TV employees, who have been holding a sit-in inside the building for the past 18 days, were joined by cinema industry workers, journalists …

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State-media journalists demand leadership change

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Journalists at state-owned newspapers and magazines protested Sunday in front of the Journalists’ Syndicate demanding that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces replace the chief editors and managing editors of their organizations. Protesting journalists chanted slogans accusing the editors-in-chief of “corruption” and “hypocrisy” as evident in their transformed editorial policies following …

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Ahram journalists demand resignation of editor-in-chief

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: About 300 journalists of state-run daily Al-Ahram apologized Wednesday for the paper’s “unprofessional” coverage of the demonstrations that toppled the president. In a press conference at the headquarters of Al-Ahram, they also asked for the resignation of the Al-Ahram daily editor-in-chief Osama Saraya and chairman of the board, Abdel Moniem Saeid. …

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Journalists call for expelling state-owned newspaper editors, new syndicate elections

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Journalists called Monday for the expulsion of chief editors of state-owned newspapers and magazines, as well as the head of the Journalists’ Syndicate, Makram Mohamed Ahmed, for their stances during the revolution. Journalists, gathering in a conference at the syndicate headquarters to discuss journalism in the post-revolution era, called for the …

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Egypt’s shamed state media squirms in new era

By Rana Moussaoui / AFP CAIRO: Journalists from Egypt’s state media, until last week the staid propaganda arm of a hated regime, are battling to overcome conservative management and win back the trust of their public. As the nation’s youth, mobilized by Facebook and Twitter, rose to topple former strongman Hosni Mubarak, reporters at state …

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Prominent journalist resigns from state TV

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Shahira Amin, deputy head of the state-owned English television channel, Nile TV, resigned Thursday in what describes as a “spur of the moment decision” after she heard the protesters in Tahrir Square chanting on her way to the Egyptian Radio and Television Union building. “I can’t be a mouth-piece of this regime …

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Shoura Council reshuffles editors of state papers, magazines

By Safaa Abdoun and Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The General Committee at the Shoura Council (Upper House of parliament) reshuffled during a meeting Tuesday a number of editors-in-chief of state-run newspapers and magazines. “This is the time for annual changes … It has nothing to do with any [other factors],” said Galal Doweidar, secretary general of the …

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