Newspaper chiefs cite ‘terrorism’ fears in censoring gov’t criticism
Egyptian Newspaper chiefs meeting at the Wafd Party headquarters - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egyptian newspaper editors-in-chief met Sunday at the Wafd Party headquarters to discuss future coverage as a way to “confront terrorism” following deadly militant attacks Friday that killed 31 soldiers in North Sinai, Youm7 reported

Attendees included Journalists Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan, Youm7 Editor-in-Chief Khaled Salah, Al-Wafd Chairman Mohamed Mostafa Shurdy, Al-Ahaly Editor-in-Chief Amina Al-Naqqash, Al-Watan Editor-in-Chief Magdy Al-Galad and Al-Shorouq Editor-in-Chief Emad Hussein.

In a statement issued by the editors after the meeting, they said media workers should ban any attempts that “support terrorism,” and they condemned firmly the Friday attack.

Shurdy told Youm7 that all of the newspapers are “nationalistic,” and know their role, especially during dangerous and critical periods.

Galad told youm7 in a statement that they agreed to conduct other meetings in the coming days to reach an effective mechanism for the “implementation of the role of media in the face of terrorism.”

“We insist on freedom of opinion and expression, but there are also other obligations that we all have to commit to during our war against terrorism,” he said.

According to the statement released by the editors, they also agreed to stop publishing any kind of news or statements that may incite against the State.

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