The Culture and Information Committee in the Egyptian Parliament, with a majority of its members, expressed its rejection of the statement by Minister of State for Information Affairs Osama Heikal, which he delivered before the House of Representatives.
The committee headed by Dorria Sharaf al-Din prepared a report, in which it rejected Haikal’s statement, and prepared a set of recommendations that will be discussed next Sunday according to the Parliament’s agenda.
Among the most important recommendations approved by the committee is that “there are financial and administrative errors that have been committed, and the committee recommends accountability for those responsible.”
The committee also condemned the combination of the posts of Minister of State for Information and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Company for Media Production City.
The committee called on the government to abide by the application of the law, in not combining the two positions of the minister.
The committee pointed out that “the Minister of State for Information carried the state budget of approximately 12 million pounds within six months, of which 8.5 million pounds were assets, and did not achieve their goals,” noting that “the intertwines between his role and that of media organizations have resulted in conflicts and disputes that harm the state more than they benefit it.” .
She added that there was a clash that resulted in a rift between the Minister of State for Information and journalists, media professionals and media institutions, because of his statements that were used by hostile channels as a pretext to attack the Egyptian state media.