Celebrations and Protests Planned on Journalist’s Day in Egypt
By Mohammad Baali
Albawaba.com – Cairo
The Egyptian Press Association plans to celebrate Journalist's Day on Sunday with sits-ins and a ceremony to honor high achievers in their field.
Journalist's Day falls on the fifth anniversary of an uprising against Law No. 93 for the year 1996, which was described by the Egyptians as “the law of press massacre.”
A number of journalists have been gearing up to stage a sit-in on the same day to protest against the deterioration of their professional situation.
Meanwhile, a number of journalists working for the Egyptian Annabaa newspaper have announced that they will organize a sit-in at the association headquarters to protest against the failure of the newspaper's management to solve their problems, which they claim to have faced for more than a year now.
Moreover, an independent group called Sahafiyyou Al Ghadd (Journalists of Tomorrow) has been working to collect signatures demanding the expulsion from the journalists union of members who are allegedly normalizing relations with Israel.
Their move mirrors actions by the Writers Union, which has revoked the membership of author Ali Salem for his pro-normalization activities.
The group pointed to three journalists who attended a party organized by the Israeli embassy in Cairo on the anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel: Hassan Fuad of Al Ahram, Ashraf Radi from Al Alam Al Yawm, and freelancer Gihad Ouda.
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