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A draft law to combat rumors in Egypt is currently under study by the People’s Assembly. The Journalists’ Syndicate announced its strong opposition to the draft law, describing it as a threat to freedom of opinion and expression.
The Culture and Media Committee at the People’s Assembly has called for launching an Islamic satellite channel so as to defend Islam.
Abd al-Latīf Hāmid writes about a parliamentary suggestion to establish a governmental center that works on following, and then analyzing the stream of rumors. The center also suggests making rumor-spreading a criminal offense.
The author is reviewing rumors and the threat they pose, as well as proposals by a member of parliament to set up an agency devoted to fight rumors in a scientific way.
This press review is dealing with the issue of rumors, and how far they can have a negative impact on the society, the economy and national security.
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