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MASSIVE PROTESTS IN BAHRAIN, VENEZUEL...
Manama, Bahrain
By Editor's Picks
04 Oct 2012

Thousands of Bahraini people participated in the funeral of the young man Mohammed Ali Mushaima (23 years old) in Aldaih village, west of the capital Manama on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Mushaima passed away in detention after his deteriorated medical condition was neglected by prison administration.

Henrique Capriles, Venezuela’s Opposition Presidential candidate, gathered almost a million supporters this past Sunday in Caracas, just four days before the end of his campaign and a week until the Election Day against President Hugo Chávez who has been in the government since 1999 and aspires for a third term. Chavez supporters marched on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Caracas, to show their support for Chavez in an election that could give him another six-year term.

Egyptian political activists, legal experts, NGO members and human rights activists held a press conference on Wednesday, October 3, to announce the formation of the “Egyptian Constitutional Front," intended to be a new constitution-writing panel to draw a new representative constitution.

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Egyptian Activists Establish “Egyptia...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
03 Oct 2012

Egyptian political activists, legal experts, NGO members and human rights activists held a press conference on Wednesday, October 3, to announce the formation of the “Egyptian Constitutional Front”, which they consider as a new constitution-writing panel to draw a new representative constitution.

They expressed rejection to the current Islamist-dominated constitution-writing panel, which they expect will not fully tackle human rights issues, aiming to place the goals of the revolution in the new constitution.

According to founding members, the Egyptian Constitutional Front aims to draft a democratic constitution based on the principles of citizenship and respect of human rights.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return once again to Egyptian national unity.”

They also highlighted the importance of entrenching certain rights into Egypt’s new constitution, including freedom of the press, the right to peaceful protest, and a wide range of economic and social rights.

The attendees expressed rejection of giving the authority to form the constitution panel to the President again in case of the dissolution of the current panel.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.” The current panel was elected by the members of the People's Assembly (the lower house of the parliament) and the Shura Council (the upper house of the parliament) before the dissolution of the People's Assembly.

The panel still faces the risk of dissolution by court order on the grounds that it was drawn up by the dissolved lower house of parliament.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the panel on October 9.

Founders of the Egyptian Constitutional Front include former MP Amr Hamzawy, editor in chief of Al Alam Al Youm Newspaper Saad Hagras, board member of Al Wafd Political Party Essam Sheha, and member of the journalist Syndicate Gamal Fahmy.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 3, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
Video Size: 104 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot of the press conference, the attendees at the conference hall
2- Various shots of the conference, speakers and the attendees
3- Medium shot of one of the attendees speaking during the conference
4- Medium shot of cameramen filming during the conference
5- Medium shot of Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) speaking during the conference
6- Wide shot of the attendees at the conference hall
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return nonce again to Egyptian, national unity.” 8- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees
9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.”
10- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees

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Egypt’s Constitution Writing Panel Af...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
16 Jul 2012

Members of Egypt’s Constitutional Writing Panel tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution held a press conference on Monday, July 16, at the Shura Council headquarters where they stressed that the panel respect the rulings of the judiciary and the rule of law as the court is set to rule on appeals challenging the legitimacy of the panel on July 17.
The panel spokesman Dr Wahid Abdel Meged affirmed that the panel has a neutral position from all the country’s institutions.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – The Constitution panel spokesman Dr. Wahid Abdel Meged:
“We agreed during this meeting to wait the court session tomorrow. The Constitution Writing Panel stands at the same distance from all the institutions of the country. We respect the judiciary and we don’t want to anticipate the procedures of the court that it will take tomorrow and its decisions whether it will issue a rule or delay it.”

They highlighted that the panel is not a part in the conflict between the state authorities and is very keen to respect the court rulings.
Members of the assembly affirmed earlier that the constitution panel would continue its mission by drafting a constitution and submitting it to the Egyptian people, because it is a national duty.
On the other hand, all the members of the Shura Council (Egypt’s upper house of the parliament) on the constitution panel resigned from the panel on Sunday, the Middle East News Agency reported.
The MPs said the reason for their resignation was to invalidate the argument of the administrative judiciary on the unconstitutionality of the panel and abort all appeals against it.
Earlier on Sunday, the Presidential office said that President Mohamed Morsi ratified a Law passed on June, 11 by the now-dissolved People's Assembly (Egypt’s lower house of the parliament) to regulate the process of electing members of the constitution writing panel, a law which had been ignored by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
Morsi's ratification of a law setting the criteria for electing members of the Constitution panel has granted it legal immunity.
The court is expected to give its final word over the legality of the panel on Tuesday, July 17.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 16, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 16, 2012
Length: 0:01:45
Video Size: 86.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Medium shot of the logo of the Shura Council (Egypt’s Upper house of the parliament)
2- Medium shot of members of the Constitution Writing Panel
3- Close up shot of head of Ghad al-Thawra Party and member of the Constitution Writing Panel, Ayman Nour speaking during the conference
4- Various shots of the conference
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – The Constitution panel spokesman Dr. Wahid Abdel Meged:
“We agreed during this meeting to wait the court session tomorrow. The Constitution Writing Panel stands at the same distance from all the institutions of the country. We respect the judiciary and we don’t want to anticipate the procedures of the court that it will take tomorrow and its decisions whether it will issue a rule or delay it.” 6- Various shots of the conference and the attendees
7- Various shots of the members of the panel speaking during the conference