Military to form committee to provide ‘true information’ to the media

Egypt’s military leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has ordered the formation of a committee of high-ranking army generals tasked with ensuring the Egyptian armed forces are given positive media coverage.

The new body — to be called “The National Military Media Committee" — will be comprised of 11 generals, and will be responsible for providing information about the military to journalists to counteract what the armed forces considers “biased coverage.”

Sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that part of the role of the committee will be to give the military's account of any future events that take the media spotlight, particularly those that involve armed forces personnel.

The sources, however, didn’t elaborate on how the new body would be different from the existing Morale Affairs Department of the Egyptian military, which is currently headed by Major General Ismail Etman.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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