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What The BBC Strike In Egypt Says About Local Wages And Press Freedom

BBC's office in Cairo is on strike for the third time in three months, demanding higher wages. The British broadcaster has long een able to recruit at lower rates because it could offer editorial freedom that is difficult to find in Egypt.


CAIRO — The Egyptian staff at the BBC’s Cairo office entered a 10-day strike on Monday, demanding higher wages amid an ongoing economic crisis .

This is the staff’s third strike in as many months. They are protesting against management discrimination against Egyptian nationals who are paid at rates far below their foreign colleagues in Cairo and are struggling as the cost of living soars.

Staff at other regional BBC offices had their salaries raised amid similar economic events, the staff say, yet the BBC’s administration has refused to hike wages.

But wages for BBC Cairo office staff were low even before the current crisis, set at rates far beneath other major foreign press organizations, former staff members and journalistic sources told Mada Masr .

Instead, the broadcaster was able to recruit on the basis of an unspoken deal: you accept the low salary, but in turn, you receive a quality professional education that helps you toward a better-paid career option afterward; and, in the meantime, you enjoy editorial freedom that is difficult to find in Egypt’s constrained media landscape.

“It is known among those who worked for or cooperated with the BBC office in Cairo that their wages are lower than other foreign press," the journalist source explained. "IT is treated as a vocational school, a starting point for journalists to obtain greater opportunities in other places in the future, many times the salary, because they are a graduate of the BBC.”

But, as the sources noted, shifts in the political and economic lines delimiting the media over the past decade have rendered this deal all but null.

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Drone Hits Moscow, Big Chinese Bankruptcy, Eiffel Leap

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Welcome to Friday, where a Ukrainian drone attack hits a building in central Moscow, China’s second-largest property developer files for bankruptcy, and a man gets arrested for parachuting off France’s most famous monument. For our special Summer Reads edition of Worldcrunch Today, we feature an article by Singapore-based newspaper The Initium — and three other stories from around the world on China .

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The Latest: Israel-Gaza Ceasefire, Obama’s Thoughts On Trump, Farewell Internet Explorer

Welcome to Friday, where an Israeli-Hamas ceasefire is holding, we find out what Obama really thinks of Trump and cows help Thailand's vaccination drive. Also, Les Echos takes an inside visit to the remote "mines' turning out bitcoin cryptocurrency in China .

• Israel-Gaza ceasefire holding: An Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and Hamas began late Friday after 11 days of the worst violence in years, which killed 232 Palestinians and 12 Israelis. By early afternoon local time in the Middle East, there were no reports of violations of the ceasefire.

• Biden signs bill to stop Asian hate: U.S. President Joe Biden signs a bill aimed at stemming the rising number of anti-Asian crimes, increasingly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to associations, more than 6,600 cases of anti-Asian violence were reported within the past year.

• African Union demands "democratic transition" in Chad: The African Union has called for a " democratic transition " within 18 months in Chad, where a military government has been in power after former President Idriss Deby was killed by rebels on the frontline in April.

• Prince William accuses BBC over controversial interview: Britain's Duke of Cambridge has blamed the BBC for deceiving his late mother, Princess Diana, and poisoning her relationship with Prince Charles.

• Europe wants to build GPS-like system for the Moon: The European Space Agency has proposed that the same type of navigation system used on Earth be deployed at the Moon, to enable astronauts and spacecraft to precisely know where they are and where to land.

• Farewell to Internet Explorer: Microsoft's Internet Explorer will be retired next year after more than 26 years of service. It will be replaced by the newer, faster and more secure Microsoft Edge browser.

• Cattle for raffle to boost Thai vaccination: In a northern district of Thailand, a raffle campaign for vaccinated residents to win a live cow per week for the rest of the year to boost COVID-19 vaccination drive.

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Egypt v. BBC? Press Freedom Threatened Ahead Of Elections

CAIRO — There are "forces of evil " that control Egypt's media outlets, according to a statement issued last week by Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek. To protect "national security" and prevent "spreading fear throughout society," Sadek instructed public prosecutors and regulators to monitor media outlets and arrest anyone who disseminates or broadcasts false news.

However, it is unclear whom Sadek was referring to in his statement. And in the absence of clarity, media regulators and lawyers are left to speculate whether the term "forces of evil" is confined to the spat with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over the critical report titled "The Shadow Over Egypt" on human rights violations in Egypt during President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's first term in office, or if it signals the beginning of a broader wave of future legal prosecution targeting journalists in the coming period in Egypt.

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Experts Agree, It's A Small World After All


For the record, I am writing this from home. On a late winter Monday, with most of our crew either off-the-clock or working remotely, I decided to spare myself (and a few others) the day's commute to hash out the news from our office in eastern Paris. So again, for the record: Yes folks, I do have an office to go to each day.

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Why The New York Times Could Get Swept Up In BBC Sex Scandal



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Where English Is The New Must-Have Language, But 98% Of The People Can't Speak It

KIGALI - A customer and a bank clerk nearly came to blows recently in Kigali . The customer had asked the clerk to help him fill in the withdrawal slip in English, but the clerk refused. “How are we supposed to be able to fill in a document in English if you can’t do it yourself?” asked the angry customer.

For most Rwandans, English is a foreign language although its usage in banks, shops, the media and administration has significantly increased. As many Rwandans do not understand it, they struggle with paperwork and end up avoiding English-only stores and businesses altogether.

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