Egyptian Minister of Information and Information Technology Yasser El Qady has announced plans to establish an academy for up-to-date journalism training in Knowledge City in the new Administrative Capital in New Cairo City.
Qady made the remarks during a press conference held on Thursday on the sidelines of inking a cooperation protocol between the ministry and the National Press Authority (NPA) for establishing the academy.
The ministry will secure needed building, infrastructure and equipment, he said, noting that the academy's framework will be finalized within three months.
The academy is meant to hone skills of journalists under a comprehensive mechanism based on culture and science, Qady said.
Under the 18-month protocol, the ministry and the NPA will cooperate to upgrade portals of national newspapers both in Arabic and English to be able to reach out to the whole world, Qady said, commending the key role played by the national journalism in providing the righteous information.
NPA Chairman Karam Gabr announced that Al Ahram newspaper – the largest national paper - will launch an online English website, while Al Gomhuria newspaper will have a French one in accordance with the protocol.
The two portals will establish a link between the Egyptian government institutions and decision-making centers worldwide, he expounded.
He underlined the importance of such step as the world came to depend largely on digital journalism in view of bloating internet users who rely on social media as a source of information.
He added that this had led to the spread of inaccurate information.
The English and French portals of the two national newspapers will secure righteous information in due time, thus crushing rumors aiming at harming national interests, Gabr added.
This will also help posting the world on the true image about the situation in Egypt, Gabr said.
The protocol falls within the framework of an all-out plan for developing national journalism, he noted.
Gabr added that the protocol is just the starting point for more cooperation projects with the Communications and Information Technology Ministry in order to realize a quantum leap in national press.
Gabr underlined that the NPA deals with all press institutions on equal footing and each institution will be developed under a set timetable.