Cairo: 13 /11/ 2007

Press release
FDHRD and Freedom House Jointly Hold
Workshop on Media Strategic Planning

The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) in collaboration with American Freedom House Organization convened a workshop entitled “Media Strategic Planning for Civil Society Associations” from 7 - 9 November 2007 in Maadi hotel, Cairo.

The workshop was attended by 28 participants such as journalists, lawyers, media and information officers of other civil society associations. It aimed at creating new generation of civil society activists qualified to develop media strategic plans to market those association within mass communication and to produce various communication mechanism between civil society associations and Egyptian public.

The workshop discussed three different research papers as the first one dealt with the role of the non-governmental organizations in fighting corruption by Mr. Sameh fawzy, journalist and media expert.

The second paper “conception and mechanisms of strategic planning” introduced by Mr. Mohamed Bassuiny, legal and media expert, while the third one “academic view on the media strategic planning” provided by Dr. Samy El Sherief, vice-dean of the Mass Communication Faculty, Cairo University.

On the fright of the workshop, a round table panel has been held that debated the stand of the civil society associations against the alleged new NGOs law.

Number of prominent figures participated in the panel such as Ms. Hala Abdel Qader, executive director of the Egyptian Association for Family Development, Mr. Talaat Gad Allah, journalism writer in Wafd newspaper, Mr. Tarek Khater, lawyer, legal activist and ex- president of Legal Assistance Association for Human Rights, dissolved recently, Mr. Aymen Okiel, manager of Maat Center for Legal Studies and Mr. Salah Solieman, president of Nakieb Association for Training and Democracy.

Participants to the round table viewed the history of the Egyptian legal movement since the origin till development as well as the most important laws organize the civil work in Egypt. They also discussed the current NGOs law No 84/2002 including its negative aspects and the law draft of the new argued NGOs law which is supposed to be issued in the coming future months.

The round table concluded to calling on the civil society associations to consolidate their efforts in order to create peaceful lobby which makes pressures on the Egyptian parliament to issue a new law allows freedom of the civil work in Egypt.

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