Another weekend of strikes and protests at Egypt’s giant Radio & Television Union (ERTU) forced the country’s Minister of Information to confirm that there were no plans to cut salaries at the broadcaster.
Large numbers of protesters staged a rally outside ERTU’s Maspero HQ on the banks of the Nile in Cairo over anxieties that the ministry would soon impose new wage rates.
In a televised interview Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud denied allegations that the ministry was restricting freedoms and stressed that it seeks to allow media to present differing viewpoints. As proof of this, the minister cited personal criticism levelled at him on Egyptian television.
Minister Masqoud delivered more good news saying that back pay, of a total of some Egy£35 million, would be paid on April 24th.