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  • September 4, 2008
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Full Text: Draft Egyptian Broadcast Law

Full Text: Draft Egyptian Broadcast Law

The original Arabic text  is online here. 

Article 1:
1- Competent Minister: Minister of Information

2- Authority: National Authority for Audiovisual Broadcasting Regulation

3- Board of Directors: Board of Directors of the National Authority for Audiovisual Broadcasting Regulation

4- Audiovisual broadcasting: any and all coded or decoded broadcasting, transmission or provision of voices or images or both together or any other representation thereof, or  signals or writings of any kind that are not taken as private correspondence that the public, particular categories, or individuals are allowed to receive and interact with. This includes broadcasting through telecommunication, cables or satellites, computer networks, digital media or any other broadcasting, communication, or provision mediums or techniques.  In cases where persons may respectively choose by themselves the time of broadcasting and location of reception, the broadcast, whether coded or decoded, is deemed to be broadcasting. 

5- Audiovisual Broadcasting Authority: any person or entity charged with or responsible for carrying out any of the audio or audiovisual telecommunication broadcasting works in accordance with the law establishing it. It is upon his/its initiative or under his/its responsibility that any of the broadcasting works or preceding broadcasting-purported works are completed.  Included in the aforementioned broadcasting works are the processes of assembling, producing, purchasing, stockpiling or scheduling broadcast materials or others subject to protection rights pursuant to laws governing intellectual property and its related rights.

6- Audio and visual broadcasting service: preparing and providing audiovisual programs and materials in compliance with broadcasting definitions.

7- Audiovisual re-broadcasting: re-broadcasting, transmitting or providing materials according to broadcasting definitions.

8- Audiovisual broadcasting frequencies: ground and satellite audiovisual broadcasting of appropriated frequency spectrum defined as per issuances of the International Telecommunication Union.

9- Geographic Zone: falling within the geographic borders of the Arab Republic of Egypt, including respective legislation- regulated areas in the domain of which licenses or permits are issued in accordance with the Law.

10- Coding: technical regimes controlling the audiovisual broadcasting service by provision, prevention or termination.

11- Codes: set of controls developed by the Authority.

12- License: issued to the legal individual for the performance of audiovisual broadcasting and re-broadcasting processes.

13- Licensee: any legal character to which a license is issued by the Authority to establish and operate audiovisual broadcasting, re-broadcasting operations, distribution or sale of these services.

14- Permit: issued by the Authority to a natural or legal person for enabling import, trade, manufacture, assembly, or commercial transactions in equipment used for broadcasting and receiving of audiovisual broadcasting. 

15- Permittee: any natural or legal person directly permitted by the Authority to undertake one or more activities in connection with trading, manufacturing, assembling or transacting in terms of equipment utilized in broadcasting processes as well as receiving of coded or decoded Audiovisual broadcasting operations.