Egypt’s interim president called in his meeting with journalists on Wednesday for “a media code of ethics that guarantees press freedom and professionalism”.
The code of ethics “will push for an Egyptian media that is more credible and objective”, the state news agency reported Mansour as saying.
The interim president added that the administration also aspires for “press that puts national interest on top” as the post-Mohamed Morsi roadmap had promised.
This comes after the regime closed several TV stations and harassed journalists who don’t reflect the government’s views, and it sounds like an effort to have a domesticated media
As Al Jazeera reports, Egypt is now listed among the top five more dangerous countries for journalists. The recent violence and political turmoil in Egypt has seen many journalists arrested on the front line.
Six journalists have been killed during the violent crackdown of the pro Morsi demonstrations and at least 25 more arrested, with Al Jazeera being among the most frequently targeted.
Among those arrested were Al Jazeera’s Abdullah al-Shami and Mohammed Badr, who are still being detained in Abu Zabaal prison.
That is why a symposium is being held in Geneva, Switzerland, alongside the UN’s Human Rghts Council meeting, highlighting the importance of press freedom.