Egypt’s House of Representatives imposes live-stream ban on sessions
The Egyptian parliament. Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: Egypt’s newly sworn-in Parliament agreed Monday to impose a live-stream ban on the parliament session, making a division among the deputies.

House of Representative Speaker Ali Abdel Aal approved a proposal, jointly submitted by 40 out 596 parliamentarians, called for imposing ban on live-stream of the session; the decision made a state of difference among the representatives as some see it contradicts with the people’s right while others say the ban is good for some members who lack experience.

“Decision of live-stream ban is defective and against transparency…we have to apologize to the people for this decision,” Parliamentarian Nahed Henary posted on her official Facebook account Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Haitham Elhariri announced his rejection to the decision, posting on Fcaebook “the people have the right to monitor the parliamentarians and the Speaker’s performance.”

“Banning live stream decision should not be taken as there is a constitutional article stipulates the house session should be publically broadcast,” said head of al-Wafd al-Mastreen party al-Sayyed al-Badawy Tuesday. He added that the secrecy should be applied only some sessions not on all the sessions.

House representative for Marsa Matrouh Suleiman Fadl al-Omeiry told Parlmany website that decision deprives the public from their rights to see how the lawmakers work, adding that all parliaments worldwide see tug of war. Omeiry noted that he will submit a petition signed by other members to lift the imposed ban,

However, Salafist Al-Nour party head Ahmed Khali said the decision is good in principle as there are some lawmakers need to talk away from the media, noting that the decision does ban the journalists from covering the parliament sessions.

Parliament Mohamed Hamid supported the decision saying live stream could be allowed in the sessions of voting on only “important bills.”

Some parliamentarians lack of experience and misused the live stream, al-Wafd party representative said, praising the decision; during the first procedure session of the parliament, a lawmaker stood in front of a T.V. camera, waving to the audience.

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  1. John
    January 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    This move marks a very real danger of creating a fully closed-in society; one in which there is a very real danger of sliding into a very real dictatorship.

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