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The author compares the poor conditions in which journalists work in Arab countries.
The author says that freedom has a positive and a negative impact, noting that journalists have to benefit from the positive impacts in a way that helps journalism develop and flourish.
The author defends the Syndicate of Journalists’ role in the current issues facing journalists, mainly regarding fair salaries for journalists and imprisonment in publishing related issues.
The author says some journalists have understood freedom wrongly, as they have started to criticize many persons without having clear evidence for their allegations and criticism.
The author underlines journalists’ demands, which are focused on two main things, bread and freedom, as they are demanding a fair salary framework and the cancellation of the imprisonment punishment for publishing-related offenses.
Journalists call for President Husnī Mubārak to fulfill his promise to abolish imprisonment in publishing related cases, but they continue attacking each other in the newspapers.
Al-Fajr newspaper is tackling the issue of imprisonment law, asserting that the old law is better than the new one and any change the government makes will be for the worse.
The author blames the Syndicate of Journalists for failing to use its rights, granted by virtue of the law, to hold journalists who violate ethics to account. He argues that this has meant that poorly-paid journalists end up in the courts of law and face imprisonment over publishing-related...
Another celebrated Egyptian journalist is urging the drafting of a new journalistic code of ethics through a committee of the profession’s elders.
In an interview to Rose al-Yousuf magazine, veteran journalist Makram Muhammad Ahmad said that harshening punishments against journalists harms society and that activating the profession;s code of ethics would solve a lot of problems.


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