The editorial boards of 17 major Egyptian daily newspapers have said that they would no longer publish "statements undermining state institutions" in the wake of continuing militant attacks on Egyptian security forces. The statement was published on the left-leaning Al-Wafd's website.
The chief editors of both private and public papers, including Al-Ahram, a state-run paper, and Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Shorouk, private papers, said "We assert our commitment to freedom of speech … but we reiterate our rejection of attempts to doubt state institutions or insult the army or police or judiciary in a way that would reflect negatively on these institutions' performance."
They went on to say that they would not publish anything that was "supportive of terrorism or that undermine state institutions directly or indirectly," and that they had complete confidence in the state institutions and gave total support for all the means the government uses to “confront terrorism.”
Two attacks in North Sinai killed Around 30 security forces on Friday. The government declared a state of emergency in Sinai and announced a three-day national mourning period.
On Wednesday, a 24 member committee will begin a two month process of creating new national media regulations.