Al-Gomhurriya journalists protest chief’s firing

Journalists of the state-run Al-Gomhurriya newspaper on Sunday staged a protest outside the Shura Council to condemn its dismissal of the paper’s editor-in-chief.

Ahmed Fahmy, president of the Supreme Press Council, on Wednesday fired Gamal Abdel Rahim for publishing news that former military head Hussein Tantawi and former Chief of Staff Sami Anan were about to be banned from leaving Egypt. The justice minister denied the report.

The journalists chanted slogans against Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, decrying Brotherhood control of the Shura Council, Parliament’s upper house.

The Shura Council, which appoints the editors-in-chief of Egypt’s state newspapers, has postponed for a week the hearing of Abdel Rahim’s testimony.

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