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Egypt’s New Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy Takes tour at Cairo Bakeries
Published 2014-03-03 13:09:24| Amwal Al Ghad English
Egypt's new Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Khaled Hanafy talks during a tour at bakeries in Cairo March 2, 2014. Egypt's new supplies minister said he would reconsider a decision to halt rice exports and look into French wheat imports which were excluded after Egypt changed its specification concerning wheat moisture levels, state media reported on Sunday. Source: REUTERs
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Egypt was the first Arab nation to introduce the printing press and is today the region’s largest publishing centre. The country was also the first African and Arab nation to launch its own satellite in 1998. The majority of those working at Arab media networks are Egyptians, and content tends to be produced in Egypt’s Media Production City. Yet, today, instead of leading a regional media revolution, it appears that private media outlets have surrendered their role as the fourth estate: their role as checks and balances on the division of powers in Egypt is diminishing. Why is it important for private media to not shy away from holding the government accountable or questioning government policies? The answer goes back to the January 25 revolution in which the youth of Egypt chanted for bread, liberty and freedom: the media’s role as the fourth estate is an essential part of democracy that allows equal participation and a constant flow of information to the people on the various branches of the state. For the past 30 years, Egypt’s media had moved from a historically state-controlled sphere to a privatized one. Despite the fact that almost all publishing houses of all printed media in Egypt are owned by the government, giving the government great control and influence over distribution, the media had been allowed to flourish in a decentralized and deregulated media system.
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