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Prosecution probes media gag

CAIRO, July 11, 2018 - The Public Prosecution began on Wednesday interrogating President of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Makram Mohamed Ahmed on his decision to impose a media gag on all reports about the 57375 Children's Cancer Hospital.

The interrogation of Ahmed was attended by head of the Press Syndicate Abdel Mohsen Salama, Hatem Zakaria, the Syndicate's Secretary General, Sayed Abu Zeid, the legal adviser and Abdel Fattah el-Gebali, the Council's Secretary.

On Saturday, Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek summoned Ahmed to investigate his decision, which is said to have meddled with the Public Prosecution affairs. Any media gag decision by the Council should be based as per Article 26 of the SCMR law without violating the powers of the public prosecutor.

Salama, Head of the Press Syndicate, said that the syndicate respects and appreciates the public prosecution and the prosecutor-general.

The interrogation at the Prosecutor’s office revealed that no accusation had been levelled against Ahmed, Salama said.It just revealed that there was a misinterpretation of article No. 26 of the council's law.

He asserted that he never meant to transgress the authority of the Prosecutor General and that he appreciates the General Prosecution and its role in protecting and maintaining stability of the homeland.