EG Daily Roundups

Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 22, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions The Ministry of Interior was ordered to pay 403,000LE to political prisoners tortured under former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The payout has been ordered by an Egyptian court which sided with the Arab Penal Reform Organization (APRO) in its lawsuit against the Ministry of Interior. The ministry had initially refused to heed a court order regarding 16 previous complaints from APRO, prompting

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 21, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified amendments to a property tax law that will retroactively go into effect from July 2013. The amendments address the maximum limit in raising a property's valuation, exemptions and forming assessing committees. Under the new amendments, military property including clubs, hotels, hospitals and armory warehouses will be exempt from property tax. Private accommodations

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 20, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions An appeal for jailed Al Jazeera English journalists Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste was filed today at a Cairo appeal court. Their appeal submitted by their lawyer, Mostafa Nagy, who confirmed that all necessary paperwork for the appeal was completed within the required timeframe. It remains unclear whether Mohamed Fahmy, the third Al Jazeera English journalist, has  submitted an appeal. According to

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 19, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) proposed legislative amendments to the Supreme Legislative Reform Committee on Monday, August 18. The recommendations included proposals addressing the protest law and articles on terrorism in the penal code, as well as a proposal for drafting an anti-discrimination law. Two of the NCHR’s recommendations for amending the protest law have been implemented,

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 18, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions A group of leftist and liberal  political parties in Egypt have formed the first parliamentary alliance, the Egyptian Front Coalition. The Coalition announced in a statement its intention to protect “the values of freedom, social justice and equality between citizens.” The statement also outlined the Coalition’s agenda, which begins with the intention to stand “against plots that aim to divide

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 15, 2014

TOP STORIES   Economy The Egyptian Cabinet announced that in terms of 2012 exports, Egypt ranked highest among the member states in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) released a report on Egypt’s COMESA exports, stating that they rose to 26.8% in 2012 from 16% in 2011. The report also said that exports to African nations were limited, decreasing by 19.8%

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 14, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb led the first meeting for the supreme legislative reform committee today. The committee was formed in June 2014 in order to assess the necessary revisions for current laws, and possible draft laws that are compatible with Egypt’s new constitution had its first meeting today. Additionally, the committee is believed to “coordinate between the new draft laws and existing

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 13, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions Former president Hosni Mubarak testified before a criminal court today, denying that he ordered the murder of protesters during the 2011 revolution. In his testimony, Mubarak stated that his rule stabilized Egypt, and that the uprising in 2011 was the result of exploitation of religious differences by internal and external forces. He added that he led Egypt with “dedication, honour and honesty.”

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 12, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions In a released statement the Egyptian government characterized Human Rights Watch (HRW) recent report on the dispersal of Rab’a Al-Adawiya as being “highly negative,” “biased,” and “lacking professionalism” in addition to,  failing to provide an “adequate” report on the events.  The statement criticizes HRW use of “unidentified witnesses” as well as “biased, and non-credible

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Egypt Media Roundup – Aug 11, 2014

TOP STORIES Legal & Political Institutions The Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, was dissolved by an Egyptian court on Saturday. This ruling will prevent the political party from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Also, the ruling “excludes the Brotherhood from formal participation in electoral politics,” which is likely to force the movement underground. According to the court’s ruling,

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