Cairo: 15 /12/ 2007

Press release
Complaints of the rich people in Egyptian Newspapers
“Lost rights and lost money”
Analysis of the contents of paid complaints published in Egyptian newspapers
During the period of January 2007 till October 2007

Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD), on Thursday 13 December 2007, issues its report entitled “Complaints of the rich people published in the Egyptian newspaper .. Lost rights and lost money”. This report analyzes contents of paid complaints published in the Egyptian newspapers in the period from January 2007 and October 2007.

It covers complaints published in 11 newspapers that include national, private and political parties’ newspapers as follows:

National Newspapers


Its kind

Al Ahram


Al Akhbar


El Gomhorya


Ros El Yousef


El Masa'yia


Akhbar El Youm


Private newspapers


Its kind

El Masri El Youm


El Fagr


El Esbou'o


Political parties newspapers


Its kind

El Wafd


El Watani El Youm


El Arabi


The analysis of the contents of such complaints indicates some remarks as follows:

First : El Wafd , Al Ahram, El Masry El Youm and Al Asbou are the top newspapers publishing complaints of citizens:

It is observed that the top newspaper to which citizens sent their complaints was El Wafd newspaper as 14 complaints were sent to El Wafd newspaper which constitutes 27.6% of the total complaints documented by FDHRD.

El Esbo’o newspaper was the second top newspaper that published complaints as 7 complaints were sent to this newspaper which constitutes 14% of the total complaints. Then, El Ahram newspaper was the third top newspaper that published complaints which constitute 10% of the total complaints.

Second: 14% of the complaints that were monitored are related to the inability of senders of complaints to implement judicial judgments issued for their interests:

One of the remarks observed is that a lot of the complaints published during this period from January 2008 till October 2008 are calling the lieutenant Habib El Adly, the Minister of Interiors to interfere for the issuance of orders to implement judicial rulings. The total number of complaints in this field is 8 complaints with the total percentage 14% of the total complaints monitored.

Third: There is an urgent need for the formation of economic courts

The report affirmed the need to amend the Egyptian legislative structure, the judicial bodies and their systems as there shall be a new judicial system that shall be established for the economic and investments cases. The report observed that more than 30% of complaints documented by the report are complaints related to investment and economic cases.

Fourth: Problems of workers and the ineffective role of labor unions:

The report affirmed that workers lost hope in their labor unions and they started to use complaints as a way to convey their voices and complaints to the competent authorities.

Fifth: Local Union is the top body against which complaints were sent:

The report affirmed that there are some problems in the local units’ system in Egypt as 24% of the complaints documents were sent against local units.

Sixth: Most of the complaints were sent to the president of the State and to the Prime Minster:

The report observed that 40% of the complaints sent by citizens to the president of the State and to the Prime Minster while such complains can be solved by the head of the area or the governorator . This means that citizens lost trust in the use of natural channels that can be used to solve such problems and therefore they addresses the president of the State or the Prime Minister in order to solve small problems because the local institutions do not present good services for citizens.

Seventh: One and half million Egyptian pounds are the costs of complaints published which are considered a waste of the citizen’s money that can be used in other useful fields.

In this regard, the report recommends the followings:

A- The Egyptian Parliament and the High Council for Judiciary and the Judges Club shall work together to do the followings:

- Search for new mechanisms for reform and develop the structure of the Egyptian judiciary. The report affirmed that the number of claimants is big and therefore such claimants pay a lot of money in order to get their lost rights.

- Prepare a new judicial system to include economic courts that shall be specialized in economic cases and investment cases. The report indicated that several investors resort to using complaints in order to address ministers and governorators in order to motivate the implementation of judicial judgments issued for their sake or to address them to find suggested solutions for the cases referred to the judiciary.

2- The Peoples’ Assembly shall issue a new legislation in order to form a judiciary police in order to implement judgments and this police shall be supervised by the Ministry of Justice. The report showed that a lot of those who sent complaints to newspapers are those who are seeking the implementation of judgments they received for their sake. Therefore, there is a need to establish this independent body supervised by the Ministry of Justice and the High Council for Judiciary in order to guarantee the implementation of judicial judgments

3- The Labor Unions shall play a big role in order to defend the rights of labors. The report referred to the fact that a lot of labors used the paid complaints (although they are expensive) as a method to convey their complaints after they lost hope in finding someone who can defend their rights.

4- The Egyptian government shall look at complaints of citizens and find solutions for such problems. FDHRD issued a report named “Complaints Book- Diwan El Mazalem” in which the contents of the citizens’

complaints were analyzed and such complaints were published for free. When the government ignored responding to such complaints, another phenomena emerged which is paying money for publishing complaints to attract more attention.

5- The Egyptian government shall work on issuing a new law for the local administration and such law shall support decentralization and motivate the role of such units to solve the problems of citizens.

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