Egyptian journalists protest against appointing the wife of the former Information Minister as their new editor-in-Chief

 

 

Amal Fawzi, the military correspondent and the wife of the former Information Minister, Osama Haikal

Iqbal Tamimi

Journalists working at (Nisf Eddunya) Egyptian weekly magazine “Half of the World”, issued a statement Saturday, rejecting the decision of the Military Council, appointment of Amal Fawzi, the military correspondent and the wife of the former Information Minister, Osama Haikal, in the post of Editor-in-Chief of the magazine.

Nisf Eddunya, is one of the earliest publications of Al Ahram press. Contrary to its cover that might give the impression that it is a ‘Women’s’ magazine, Nisf Eddunya addresses both genders.

The journalists announced their protest against her appointment decision, explaining that appointing the wife of the former leader of Maspero massacre, seems to be his end of service reward.

Many Egyptians accused Osama Haikal, the former Information Minister, of leading the incitement media campaign, against a Coptic demonstration held in front of the Egyptian television headquarters in Maspero Street, during which, the police was accused of shooting two dozen protesters.

The journalists’ statement stressed that “the decision was made without even discussing it with the chairman of Al-Ahram Foundation, who received the appointment decision by fax after the decision of sacking the government, which means that the position offered to Mrs Fawzi, was her husband’s end of services reward.”

The statement noted that “the journalists working at the magazine have chosen another editor, approved by the vast majority of workers at the magazine.”

 


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