SMRC head Makram Mohamed Ahmed – File photo
CAIRO – 17 July 2017: The Supreme Council for Media Regulation will meet Wednesday to discuss complaints regarding the spread of several scenes broadcast from Egypt and other Arab satellites.
The council will discuss the use of magic and sorcery across channels, as well as one channel’s portrayal of relationships between housemaids and their employers and heroin use.
In an official statement on Monday, the council said that it would discuss the legal position of the companies that have the right to broadcast such channels.
There will be three committees formed to establish standards of research, observation and opinion polls, as well as a proposed committee for the Freedom of Information Trading Law.
To follow up on the committees’ work and flow, a scheduled meeting will be held in the presence of Abu Bakr al-Jundi, head of the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics, and Makram Mohammed Ahmed, head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation.
In April 2017 , President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree to establish three new bodies to regulate the work of the media in Egypt - the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR), the National Press Authority (NPA) and the National Media Authority (NMA).
A law on the institutional regulation of the press and the media in Egypt was approved by Egypt’s Parliament on Tuesday.
In December 2016, the Egyptian Parliament approved a law on the "Institutional Regulation of the Press and the Media in Egypt."