To commemorate World Press Freedom Day, UNIC Cairo, UNESCO’s Regional Office and the Egyptian People’s Assembly (Committee of Culture, Media & Tourism), organized a panel discussion under the theme: “Press Freedom in Egypt following the Arab Spring and the Way Forward”.
Opening remarks were delivered by the UN Resident Coordinator, James Rawley, UNESCO Director Tarek Shawky, as well as the Speaker of the Shura Council (Senate) Ahmed Fahmy. The Statement by Egypt’s parliament speaker, Saad el Katatni, was delivered on his behalf by the Head of the Committee of Culture, Media and Tourism, Mohammed Al Sawy.
In addition to Mohamed el Sawy, the Panel included prominent figures from the media and politics: Alaa Thabet, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram Al-Messaei, Mamdouh el Wally, Chairman of the Egyptian Syndicate for Journalism, Hamdy Kandil, TV Host and Prominent Media personality, as well as Hafez el Mirazy, Director of “Adham”, Center for Journalism, American University in Cairo and talk show presenter.
The discussion, moderated by UNIC Director, Khawla Mattar, was followed by a question and answer session. The event was covered by six television stations, with an attendance of more than 120 people.