Egyptian ministry tells imams to obtain ‘written consent’ before TV appearances, social media debates

Al-Azhar Mosque in the old city of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)
Updated 18 February 2018
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Egyptian ministry tells imams to obtain ‘written consent’ before TV appearances, social media debates

CAIRO: The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) has ordered imams to avoid appearing on broadcasters without “a written permission” from the ministry, a newspaper report said Sunday.
The decision also prevents imams from engaging in religious-related debates on social media platforms without the ministry’s consent, according to El-Wattan newspaper.
“All Awqaf employees should not take part in any [Islamic] jurisprudence or preaching debates on any program, nor address controversial religious topics or issues of public interest through media or social networking channels, without obtaining written consent from the ministry,” the statement said.
“Those who violate this will expose themselves to legal accountability and the ministry’s ethics committee will take the necessary measures,” it added.
Earlier in November, a media regulatory body agreed with Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Institution to create a list of 50 scholars who will solely be ones allowed to issue fatwas on broadcasting outlets.
The media regulator said the step was aimed at curbing “massive chaos” caused by “unusual religious edicts” issued by imams on satellite channels.


Arab media union discusses cooperation at Tunis gathering

Members of the Arab States Broadcasting Union meet at its headquarters in Tunis on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 08 December 2018
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Arab media union discusses cooperation at Tunis gathering

  • The ASBU provides important services to members such as engineering and consulting services

JEDDAH: The executive council of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) met on Saturday in Tunis to discuss media-related issues in the Arab world and to come up with suggestions to boost cooperation.

The ASBU provides important services to members such as engineering and consulting services, exchange of radio and television news and programs.

In early 2009, the ASBU officially launched its Multimedia Exchange Network Over Satellite MENOS. As a first of its kind, the MENOS network enables new business models and creates opportunities for its members as well as the Arab region’s potential users.

Last year, it published a book titled “The New Media Age” which addresses the issues of media and information in the digital era, and its different and advanced users.