In the framework of ECPPS' Program "Individual Freedom" and the center's work on the issue of freedom of press and media, the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies “ECPPS” held a hearing session entitled “Laws defending journalists” on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, at Safir hotel in El-Dokki. This session was one of several activities held by ECPPS to protect the journalists from violations, focusing on starting a societal dialogue about media and journalism laws which control the journalism community in Egypt. The Speakers were, Mr. Ahmed Abo El-Magd (Researcher in the ECPPS) and 25-30 coalition parliament members who always support individual rights, Mr. Mohamed Abd El-Ghany (member in the housing committee), Mr. Gamal El-Din El-Sherif (Member in the constitutional and legislative committee), Mr. Ahmed Tantawy (member in proposals and complaints commitee) and Mr. Gamal Abd El-Rheem (Board member in the Journalism Syndicate), in addition to staffers in media and journalism entities such as; El-Masry El-Youm, Veto, El-Youm El-Sabea, El-Shorouk, Sada El-Balad, Mesriat website, El-Watan, El-Mehwar, El-Midan and El-Ahram and centers working on freedom of press issue as HRDO and El-Hak center.

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The report aims at observing the state of freedom of media in Egypt during the last two years, specifically, after the approval of the Egyptian constitution of 2014.The goal is to identify legislative, political and economic problems encountered by media, as well as problems related to media performance itself, in order to eventually try to find solutions of these problems in the form of recommendations for decision makers and media men and to open a discussion over such problems. It should be noted that this report does not aim at fully observing legislative, political and economic conditions, or providing a full analysis of media content. The report only cites examples that could indicate the general conditions of each of the said aspects.

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In the framework of ECPPS' Program "Individual Freedom", the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies “ECPPS” held a public meeting entitled “the role of civil society in encountering sexual harassment and violence against women” on Monday, 7/August/2017, at headquarter of the Egyptian Center in Bab El-Louq. The meeting is one of successive meetings held by ECCPS in Egyptian governorates, to spread awareness about the role of civil society in developments, and as a part of #FreeNGOsInEgypt campaign. The campaign goals are spreading awareness among the people about the importance of civil society and the necessity of its partnership with the state to achieve economic and social development.

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In the framework of ECPPS' Program "Individual Freedom" and the center's work on the issue of freedom of press and media, as well as freedom of access to information, ECPPS held a public meeting entitled "Towards a Law that Guarantees Access to Information in Egypt", on Wednesday July 19th, 2017. ECPPS held the meeting to present the "Monthly Observation of Freedom of Media in Egypt (May 2017)", to discuss the situation of access to information in Egypt, and to present a comparison between access to information laws in different countries; all to ultimately reach recommendations regarding the recent access to information draft law. Speakers during the meetings were ECPPS' Researcher Ahmed Abo Elmagd (Individual Freedom and Rule of Law Programs), Journalist and Former Head of Press Syndicate Yehia Kallash, Head of Support for Information Technology Center Ahmed Kheir, and Legal Researcher at the Governance Center (Ministry of Planning Monitoring and Administrative Reform) Mohamed Habib.

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ECPPS’ advocacy team and Legal Researcher, Marianne Sedhom, held a meeting with MP Yousri El Asyouty, member of Human Rights Committee in the Egyptian Parliament and member of Support Egypt Coalition. The meeting was held on Wednesday 31st of May 2017 in the Egyptian Parliament, as a part of ECPPS’ “Individual Freedom” and “Rule of Law” Programs, and the center’s work on the issues of freedom to assembly and freedom of media and press.

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