And here I present civil society reactions to the draft law on audio-visual transmission.
Yesterday I watched cuddly Moatez, presenter of 90 de2ee2a, become irate as he attempted to extract sense out of an unpleasant slithery government stooge about this bloody draft law. Arabic readers can access it here.
The government stooge was a professor of civil law at Cairo University. He was a smug, conceited sort whose heavy eyelids seemed constantly on the brink of sliding shut. Perhaps he stores The Truth in his eyes, and it’s that which is weighing down his eyelids. No truth came out of his mouth.
He would have us believe that this draft law is in the interests of the media and Egyptian society generally, despite the fact that its article 41 imposes a minimum one month prison sentence for anyone who divulges information about the
The law also leaves it to the National Authority itself to determine the criteria which will decide who is awarded broadcasting licences. The National Authority’s Board of Executives include five government representatives, one of whom is from the Interior Ministry.
But then this bloke did wear a red tie and a pinstripe suit and quote Quranic scripture and call himself doctor, so he must be well informed and sincere.
Lawyer Gamal Eid and Al Jazeera’s Hussein Abdel Ghany refuted his bullshit, eloquently and convincingly, and so he adopted a new tactic: interrupting them whenever they tried to speak, which I realised is a disease/tactic of politicians/government cronies everywhere.