Egypt State Information Service (SIS)
The State Information Service: Foreign correspondents are carrying their work without any restrictions
Friday، 27 September 2019 - 08:30 PM
Representatives of International Media outlets and especially correspondents
registered by the State Information Service in Cairo have been carrying out their
coverage since the morning of September 27th up until 7 pm. Only one field complaint
has been filed, and it involved the brief detention of 2 photojournalists near Al
Istikama Mosque during Friday prayers in Giza, Mohamed El Shahed and Farid
Youssef who are employed by France 2.
This happened when Security forces asked them for their photography permits, which
they did not have with them despite the fact that those permits were granted to them
by SIS. The detention did not exceed 2 hours, as SIS intervened by sending the
permits of the 2 photojournalists and they were released promptly and allowed to
The foreign correspondents carried out their work freely and their coverage is still
ongoing. And its worth mentioning that 41 accredited Media and Press establishments
submitted to SIS requests for televised and photographic coverage for 195 journalists
and photographers. All requests were accepted and the applicants have been granted
permits for completely free coverage and photo taking in all the squares and main
streets of the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalubiya, Alexandria and Suez in
accordance with international customs.
There are 900 accredited representatives of foreign media outlets registered with SIS
and all of them operate freely in their none photographic coverage in all parts of the
republic without restrictions.
In addition to that all visiting correspondents are still operating freely and carrying out
their coverage freely; Also in the past 2 days 30 visiting correspondents representing
15 foreign media and press establishments have applied for press permits and IDs to
cover Friday. Permits were issued to 15 of them, and the rest were granted permits as
well even though they applied on Thursday the 26th of September.