21 April 2018 07:35 AM

Egypt State Information Service (SIS)

SIS Chairman: Presidential election reflects political development in Egypt

Saturday، 13 January 2018 - 04:46 PM

Chairman of the State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan said that the Egyptian presidential election is an important event, which reflects the political development Egypt is witnessing.

In an interview with the talk show "Nazra" on the Satellite Channel Sada El-Balad on Friday 12/01/2018, Rashwan said local and foreign correspondents are allowed to obtain press passes in order to cover and follow up the upcoming presidential election. He added that registration is allowed for journalists and correspondents to follow up the presidential elections until January 22, 2018.

Asked about how SIS deals with the foreign correspondents in Egypt, Rashwan said that SIS deals with the foreign correspondents on the professional level, but not on the political one. He explained that the British daily newspaper "The Guardian" was expected to attack Egypt because Qatar owns the largest number of shares of this newspaper.

As for the New York Times, Rashwan said that SIS has released a statement following the article published by the newspaper against Egypt, where SIS stressed that there is no an officer in the Egyptian Intelligence Agency named Ashraf El-Kholy. "I had a phone call with David Kirkpatrick and I felt that he was unsure of the accuracy of the job of the source", he said.

Rashwan noted that the Prosecutor General has ordered probing the alleged leaks, adding that such leaks aim at giving the impression that the Egyptian media is led by the security agency in addition to spreading rumors about the existence of disputes among the security agencies in Egypt.

SIS Chairman stressed that there should be confidence between the official bodies and foreign correspondents for the sake of professionalism and obtaining information. He referred to the Cairo club for foreign correspondents established by SIS in order to obtain the information from concerned sources through holding periodical meetings with executive officials.

Rashwan said that it was agreed with the Prime Minister and a number of ministers to hold periodical meetings with the foreign correspondents in the club of foreign correspondents.

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