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.
Within its “Property Rights” Program, The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies held a round table entitled “The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Clubs” on Thursday August 24th 2017 in ECPPS’ office in Bab el-Louq, Downtown, The objective of the round table is to hold a discussion about the privatization of sports clubs with the active and effected parties, in an attempt to add the recommendations and opinions to the research paper “The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Clubs”. Representatives of ECPPS, MPS’, a number of political parties and sports clubs attended the session, including: ECPPS Researcher Adel El Hemaily, Member of Wadi Degla Club’s Board of Directors Tarek Rashad, Head of Masr El Horreya Party and Member of El Tayaran Club’s Board of Directors Tamer Sahab, Member of the Supreme Council of Free Egyptians Party John Fekry, and Representative of MP Nadia Henry, Mohamed Mostafa Kamal.
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 public meeting entitled “Which is more capable to fight extremism and terrorism, directed or free media?” on Wednesday, 23 August 2017, at the headquarter of the center in Bab El-Louq. The issues discussed during the meeting were; the importance of free media in democratic societies, the capability of free media to fight terrorism which is rooted from dictatorship regimes, and presenting successful experiences in fighting terrorism depending on freedom, speakers were Ahmed Abo El-Magd; researcher at the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies, Khaled El-Balshy; chief editor of “El-Bedaya” newspaper and Medhat EL-Zahed; the journalist, the member in journalism syndicate and the acting president in Socialist People Coalition party.
In the framework of ECPPS' Program "Property right", the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies “ECPPS” held a public meeting entitled “The economic effect of privatization of sports clubs” on Wednesday, 16th of August 2017, at ECPPS office in Bab El-Louq. The meeting is one of successive activities of the “Property right” program which the ECCPS try through them to raise the awareness of the society and the decision makers about the importance of ownership, its effect on the economy and developing legislations which pave the way to achieve this.
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.
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 Fighting terrorism” on Sunday, 31/July/2017, at Rondin Hall in Alexandria. The meeting is one of successive meetings held by ECCPS in Egyptian governorates, to spread awareness about the role of civil society in development, and as a part of “Freedom for Non-Governmental Organizations” campaign.
ECPPS’ Advocacy Team and Property Rights Researcher Adel El Hemaily met with MP and Member of The Economic Committee, Nadia Henry, on Wednesday July 19th 2017, at ECPPS. During the meeting, ECPPS’ Advocacy Team presented Research Papers published within the Programs “Economic Freedom”, and “Property Rights” (“The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Club”, “The Role of Civil Society in Economic Development”, and “Intellectual Properties and its Protection Methodologies in Egypt”). MP Henry said she is interested in the issue of privatization in Egypt, and showed interest in the research paper “The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Club”. Henry added that she has recommendations regarding the matter, and assured that she is willing to join the closed meetings that will be held to discuss the research paper. Henry mentioned Japan as an example of exchanging experiences and partnership between sectors through investments. She also said that the concept of privatization is valid, however, the problem, as it has been throughout history, is its application. MP Henry welcomed cooperation with ECPPS regarding economic matters, and showed interest in the Individual Freedom Program, explaining that it is very important to work on this matter during the meantime, and particularly to work on the issue of freedom of press and media.
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.
Within ECPPS’ Individual Freedom Program and the center’s work on the issue of freedom of media and press, ECPPS held the public meeting “Reformation of Maspero” on July 12th 2017. ECPPS’ Administrative Director, Mohamed Rabie, Managing Director at the economic sector in Maspero, Khaled El Sobky, and Member of the Media and Culture Committee at the Egyptian Parliament, MP Ghada Saqr, were speakers at the meeting. Rabie commenced the meeting with a brief introduction about ECPPS and the issues the center works on, as well as a presentation of the “Monthly Observation of Freedom of Media in Egypt (April 2017)”, an observational guide published by ECPPS monthly to document the status of the freedom of media and press in Egypt. El Sobky started with information about Maspero’s history, and the economic situation and problems facing Maspero since the Egyptian revolution. One of the economic adversities facing Maspero are advertising agencies who drifted to the private TV channels that had been given licenses by the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) without any content censorship. El Sobky added that the apparatus used in Maspero is inadequate, needs periodical maintenance, and is not suitable for big events. He also said that 12 projects have been presented to the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), along with feasibility studies and international companies’ approvals to carry out the projects for Maspero’s benefit. However, the projects have not been given any concern. He assured that the interference of the government in Maspero’s authority, and favoring the interests of businessmen instead of defending the interest of the state’s TV or remaining unbiased, negatively affected Maspero.
ECPPS’ Advocacy team held a meeting with MP Ghada Saqr, member of Media, Culture and Monuments Committee in the Egyptian Parliament, on July 12th 2017, as part of ECPPS’ work on the issue of freedom of media and press and the center’s Program Individual Freedom. During the meeting, the advocacy team presented some of ECPPS’ publications including the “Monthly Observation of Freedom of Media in Egypt (April 2017)”, “Freedom of Media in Egypt.. Amendment Horizon” Report, “MP’s Guide for a Free Civil Society” and the study “Role of Civil Society in Development”. MP Saqr showed interest in ECPPS research work and in the “Monthly Observation of Freedom of Media”, and said it is a useful reference for her work in the Parliament. Regarding the file of media, MP Saqr stated that the Unified Press and Media law needs a complete review, particularly the National Media Authority Chapter. Saqr said that a separation between the employments’ entitlements, production necessities, and renovation expenses is indispensable, as otherwise it could facilitate corruption. As for the recent blocking of news websites, Saqr believes that the state needs to take the necessary precautions, and has to be aware of the TV channels and websites that incite extremism. MP Saqr participated in ECPPS’ public meeting “Reformation of Maspero”, and welcomed further cooperation with ECPPS such as organizing a hearing session with journalists and media workers in the Media, Culture and Monuments Committee in the Egyptian Parliament.
Within ECPPS' Program Property Rights, and the center's work on the issue of intellectual property, ECPPS held a closed meeting entitled "Intellectual Property and the Proposed Draft Law". The meeting was held on June 21st 2017 at ECPPS' office, to discuss intellectual property, and its protection methodology in Egypt, as well as to present the proposed draft law for founding an Intellectual Property Protection office for all types of IP. IP experts who attended the closed meeting were: Head of Intellectual Property Protection office in Information Technology Industry Development Agency, Mohamed Hegazy, Dean of the National Institute of Intellectual Property at Helwan University, Yasser Gad Allah, Head of Civil Law Department in Beni Suef University, Hossam Lotfy, IP Expert at Abu Ghazaleh IP Office, Ahmed Donia, Kamal Abd Elgayyed and Iman Saleh from the Patent Office at the Scientific Research Academy, Ahmed Shousha, Khaled Adham and Hala Hassan representatives of the Parliamentary Board of Al Wafd Party.