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MOSCOW, July 12, 2018 (News Wires) - Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has slammed the English media, who he said underestimated his side ahead of their World Cup semi-final against the Three Lions on Wednesday.

Modric, whose team initially went 1-0 down to England thanks to a sublime free kick by Kieran Trippier in the fifth minute, accused the English press of showing a lack of respect to Croatia.

Modric told ITV after the match: "People were talking … English journalists, pundits from television. They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake."

Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be tired, giving England the advantage.

He said: "All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired.’ They should be more humble and respect their opponents more.

"We showed again that we were not tired – we dominated the game mentally and physically."

Modric said: “We should have killed the game even before extra time. This is an amazing achievement for us – it’s a dream come true after such a long time. We are in the final and that is the biggest success in Croatia history. We have to be proud.”

CAIRO, June 26, 2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli named Hani Suliman Younis as his media adviser for one year.

The decision is effective as of June 21, 2018.

Younis had served in the same post for almost one year and half under the former government of Ibrahim Mahlab.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal said Monday that the bills regulating the activities of all press and media institutions have taken into consideration the constitutional determinants regarding freedom of the press and media.

Debates over the three bills of the Supreme Council of Media Regulation, the National Media Authority and the National Press Authority were very difficult because they are related to freedom of press and media, he said.

Addressing a plenary session, Abdel Aal added that the parliament is keen to preserve freedom of the press and media as cornerstones for enlightening public opinion.

He hailed efforts made by the parliament's media, culture and antiquities committee to draft the bills.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's House of Representatives turned down on Monday a suggestion by MP Moustafa el Bakri to extend the mandatory retirement age of journalists to 65.

In a plenary session by the parliament to debate Article 5 of the National Press Authority (NPA) Bill, Bakri suggested treating journalists like judges and extend their mandatory retirement age to 65.

He said each journalist should be able to work freely without any restrictions and the extension of his retirement age should not be subjected to the authority of the chairman of the national institution where he/she is working but it should be mandatory.

But head of the Culture and Media Committee of the Parliament Osama Heikal said the text of the National Press Authority (NPA) bill was flexible as regards this article as it gave the National Press Authority and not the board chairman the power to extend the retirement age of journalists it deems of special qualifications.

MENA to be excluded from Article 50

Egypt's House of Representatives agreed on Monday to amend Article no. 50 of the National Press Authority in a way that would allow the person in charge of MENA to retain the two posts of editor-in-chief and board chairman.

In a plenary session, the parliament said the posts of editor-in-chief and board chairman will be separated in any national press institution except for the Middle East News Agency (MENA) due to its special nature.

This is not an exception but this amendment is necessary due to the special nature of Egypt's sole news agency, parliament speaker Ali Abel Aal said.

The amendment came upon a suggestion of MP Moustafa Bakri who made clear that it is very hard to separate between the posts of editor in chief and board chairman in the Middle East News Agency due to its special nature.

Separating the two posts would not serve the agency, he added.

But head of the Culture and Media Committee at the parliament Ossama Heikal opined that giving an exception to MENA would be followed by other exceptions to other press institutions.

At the end, Abel Aal agreed to amend Article no. 50 of the National Press Authority bill as follows: "The posts of editor-in-chief and board chairman will be separated in any national institution with taking into consideration the special nature of the Middle East News Agency.

KUWAIT CITY, April 17, 2018 (MENA) - About 70 Egyptian media figures will take part in the 15th Arab Media Forum due to open in Kuwait on Sunday, the forum's secretary general said.

In an interview with MENA, Madi al Khamees said the Egyptian delegation will be the largest team taking part in the two-day event in view of Egypt's outstanding media expertise.

The forum - under the auspices of Kuwaiti Prime Minster Sheikh Jaber al Mubarak al Hamad al Sabah - will address key media issues, especially means of verifying media resources and avoiding fake news.

A cluster of Arab ministers of information, foreign affairs and culture will take part in the event.

Media responsibility

It must be said that the privately-owned and state-run media have played a positive role in rallying voters to go to the ballot boxes. Prompted by their commitment to issues of national concern, the media have been keen to underline to the public why an intensive voter turnout was important.

There has been no doubt that President Sisi would get a second term in office.His popularity and accomplishments of the past four years guarantee that. But giving momentum to the election was particularly important because the absence of a strong rival to President Sisi was bound to dissuade many people from casting their votes.

 So, the media must be given credit for taking the responsibility of highlighting the need for the people to practice their constitutional right even if the result were anticipated beforehand. The TV campaigns which urged voters to contribute positively to shaping the future of the country indeed succeeded in making a large number of voters change their mind about their passivity.

The voters realised that casting their vote is part of a process not only to express support for the current leadership but also to make demands for better living conditions in the coming four years.

And the fact is that with due respect to Mussa Mustafa Mussa, leader of el-Gad Party and the only other contender in the election race, the election has turned into a vote of confidence in El Sisi and his ability to build on what he started.

The local media's disciplined coverage of the polls, whether before or during the process itself, managed to convey the required message, and to answer the public's queries.

 And because the Egyptians have their very special way of doing things, they have bestowed upon the elections a festive mood. The election was an occasion for the people to express their patriotic feelings and hope for a better future. So carrying flags and handing out flowers to soldiers guarding polling stations, the public responded to calls for strong participation.

Following the 2011 Revolution, the Egyptians have been going to polling stations whether to choose a president or to vote on the constitution. This time, they went to the ballot boxes to stand firm in the face of terror and attempts aimed to cut short the country's march to progress.

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