Twelve independent Egyptian newspapers have suspended publication in protest against President Muhammed Morsi's draft constitution. Five privately owned TV channels will also go off air.
Arab News reported several Egyptian newspapers began strike action on Tuesday, as part of a "planned campaign of civil disobedience" in protest against the draft constitution. State-owned media outlets, with the exception of Ahram, will continue to operate.
Journalists consider the draft constitution will limit freedom of expression. The executive council of the Journalists Syndicate are no longer involved with the Constituent Assembly drafting the constitution as its "recommendation and demands were ignored." (Al Arabiya)
Ahram reported the Egyptian newpapers participating in the strike are "Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Watan, Al-Tahrir, Al-Wafd, Al-Youm 7, Al-Dostour, Al-Shorouk, Al-Sabah, Al-Ahaly, Al-Ahrar, Al-Fagr and Osbooa." Additionally "ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels, Al-Hayat Channels and Dream TV channels" will also go off air.
Several of the striking newspapers bore headlines declaring "No to Dictatorship".