CAIRO: The Press Syndicate’s board announced an urgent meeting Wednesday at 9 p.m. to discuss the governmental appointment of new editors-in-chief for state-owned newspapers and magazines, said member Gamal Abdel Rahim on his Facebook page.
Three members of the syndicate, including Abdel Rahim requested to hold a meeting to discuss the problem, said Khaled el-Balshy, a member of the syndicate board.
Balshy told The Cairo Post a number of journalists disagreed with the new appointments, although he did not give further details.
On June 28, the High Press Council declared the names of the new editor-in-chiefs of state-owned newspapers. A decision issued by the former interim president Adly Mansour gave the council the right to appoint the heads of national newspapers until there are legislations issued in this regard in accordance with the constitution.
The abolished Shura Council was in the past responsible for such appointments and changes, said High Press Council member Karima Kamal Wednesday.
Kamal told The Cairo Post that Mansour’s decision is temporary until a law is issued to form a national council as mentioned in the constitution. “The national council, according to the constitution, will direct the state TV and Radio and national newspapers,” she noted.