Egypt’s upper house names new editors-in-chief for state-run newspapers

Egyptian journalists say the government of President Mohamed Morsi has begun packing the news industry with Islamists and supporters of the current and old regimes, in appointing new editors-in-chief for the official Al Ahram and Al-Gumhuriya. The appointments were made Wednesday, the same day that the new Islamist information minister Salah Abdel-Maqsoud banned state-run media from interviewing Israeli commentators. The state-run Middle East New Agency reported he had ordered an investigation into the Nile News broadcast of comments by an Israeli commentator Tuesday after “unidentified militants” killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.

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