State-owned press to revive print publications, support journalism in Egypt:
National Press Organization
Sun, 16/04/2017 - 13:29 Al-Masry Al-Youm
Karam Gabr, head of the newly-formed National Press Organization, said the
organization will select leaders of state-owned press institutions who will
work specifically to increase employee satisfaction and support the nation.
The president is keen to see discipline and progress in Egypt's press
institutions, said Gabr in an interview with Ahmed Moussa on the
privately-owned Sada al-Balad satellite channel on Saturday.
Candidates with excellent resumes will be selected from the boards of
directors and editors-in-chief of these institutions, on the basis of
improving journalism in Egypt, Gabr explained.
Responding to views that paper editions of state-owned press institutions
which do not turn a profit should be pulled from print and only be available
online, Gabr said the electronic press makes no revenue either and does not
bring in income, which is the next problem. He added that online journalism
needs reporters who work to a very high standard, pointing to the conversion
from paper-based press to "e-press".
He said that traditional newspapers have been wronged and downtrodden by the
aggressive and competitive media industry. Print issues are losing out and
all newspapers are in a state of collapse. Some newspapers used to
distribute 1-1.5 million copies, but distribution has now declined
Gabr explained that talk shows have overwhelmed and threatened paper
publications; the people must consider increasing their readership to revive
print publications so they do not become obsolete.
The National Press Organization will monitor the performance of the leaders
of press organizations, he said, explaining that the time when standards and
regulations were not applied to the media industry has passed.
Karam Gabr used to be the chairman of the board of directors for Rosa
el-Youssef, a state-owned press institution. Under his tenure the newspaper
was famous for its support of Gamal Mubarak. He resigned days after the 25