The Administrative Court Considers the Appeal Filed by EOHR for Selecting the Chairmen of the Board of Directors of National Press Foundations on the 8th of September Hearing Session

September 6th, 2012 by Editor

on the 5th of September, EOHR has filed an appeal in front of the administrative court of the State Council, to stop the action of the decision issued, on the 4th of September, 2012, by El Shura Council to assign the Chairmen of the Board of Directors of National Press Foundations, where the court decides the coming hearing session to be on the 8th of September, 2012.

Initially, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the chairman of EOHR, has filed the appeal No.58152 for the year 1966 against the head of El Shura council, as being the legal agent of Mr. Abd El Fattah Abd El Moez Ali Ismael, known as Mr. Abd El Fattah El Gebally, the former chairman of the board of directors of “Al Ahram” national newspaper. The appeal aims at stop acting the decision of El Shura council, issued on the 4th of September, 2012, where this decision violates the article No. 64 of the law 96 to the year 1996, which states:

The Board of Directors of National Press Foundations constitutes of thirteen members as follows:

1 – Chairman of the Board, selected by El Shura Council. 2 – Six of the employees of the organization, who are elected by direct secret ballot; two journalists, two administrators, and two workers, where each class elects its representatives. 3 – Six members selected by El Shura Council, where at least four of them shall be from the members of the same press foundation. The duration of membership of the board shall be four years, subject to renewal. It is necessary for the Board meeting, to be legitimate, to be attended by the absolute majority of its members, and its decisions are made by the majority of those who present, and when equal votes exist, the likely side shall be the President’s one. The member of the board may not combine the membership of more than one press foundation.

One of the motivations and supporting evidences for this appeal is the issuing of the later decision; of reappointing the Chairmen of the Board of Directors of National Press Foundations, during the validity period of the former decision; of the appointment of the contestant as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Al Ahram”, through the period between 13-11-2011 to 12-11-2015.  

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