Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists - File Photo
CAIRO – 20 September 2020: The Foreign Correspondents Press Center of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) announced on Saturday that Lebanese Al Akhbar Newspaper has no official headquarters nor any accredited correspondents in Egypt, denouncing the newspaper’s “insults” against the Egyptian press syndicate and its members.
Director of the Press Center Mohamed Imam said in a statement that the SIS is the only official body entitled to accredit foreign correspondents in Egypt, noting that any professional practice in the name of the newspaper violates the Egyptian laws that regulate the work of the correspondents for foreign media outlets.
“The statements were made in response to the paper's assaulting the Egyptian Press Syndicate, journalists and a number of Egyptian intellectuals over their political stances concerning the Arab issues,” especially the Palestinian one, Egypt’s state-owned news agency reported.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Journalists’ syndicate issued a statement denouncing what the newspaper has reported about some Egyptian journalists and intellectuals. “The Syndicate was shocked by the arrogance and ignorance that dominated the "thing" published in the Lebanese news,” the syndicate said in the statement.
“It is attacking to undermine the integrity and honor of Egyptian journalists - as well as all Egyptian intellectuals - regarding their opinions and views on their Arab and national issues, especially the Palestinian cause.