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Tunisia: the guardians of the saints 05
By Steven Wassenaar
14 Feb 2013

The temple of patron saint Sidi Mehrez in the center of Tunis is guarded, maintained and visited by women. 79 year-old Khira (left), who has been guarding the temple for 50 years, gives holy water to a faithful. The well in the mausoleum is blessed. to complete the "ziara" (the visit), the faithfuls have to drink its water. On the right, next to the door, is Zora. The mausoleum is protected by the police. Since the fall of Ben Ali's regime in 2011, attacks against mausoleums and Sufi places of worship by radical Islamists are frequent. Islamists consider prayers to saints a sin because it associates other gods or beings with Allah. Since 2011, 80 mausoleums, mainly guarded by women, have been attacked.

Le temple de Sidi Mehrez à Tunis. A gauche, Khira, 79 ans, gardienne du temple de Sidi Mehrez depuis 50 ans. A droite de la porte : Zora. Le mausolé est protégé par la police : depuis la chute de Ben Ali en 2011 les attaques contre les mausolées et les lieux de culte des confréries soufies, très nombreux en Tunisie, sont l'œuvre de l’islam rigoriste: la prière des saints est une hérésie à leurs yeux (les djihadistes d'Ansar Dine ont par le même raisonnement saccagés les mausolées à Tombouctou, au Mali. ). Depuis 2011, 80 Mausolée - le plus souvent tenus par des femmes - ont été attaqués en Tunisie.

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Assir vs. Hezbollah and a Funeral in ...
Saida, Lebanon
By Randa Mirza
12 Nov 2012

On the 10th of November, two followers of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir died during a fire exchange between Al-Assir’s supporters and Hezbollah members in Sidon.
It was the first bloody confrontation between a Salafi group and Hezbollah.

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Liberals and Leftists Form 'Third Cur...
Cairo, Egypt
By Daniel Crossman
29 Jun 2012

Egyptian legal experts, politicians, party leaders, political activists and human rights activists held a press conference on Thursday, June 28, to announce the formation of the "Third Current" bloc, to unite liberals and leftists against what they call Islamist and military domination of power.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat:
"It is a strong political and social current to unite the political forces that were divided following the revolution. It offers an alternative to the Islamist state and the military state, highlighting the political arena with the issues of society, development and justice, which have been completely ignored amid the conflicts and competition over power."

The participant parties include the Free Egyptians Party, Al-Tagammu Party, Al-Karama Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Equality and Development Party and Al-Dostour Party.

Speakers said that ‘the Third Current bloc represents the real majority of Egyptians who support the civil identity of the country,’ rejecting what's called ‘the marriage between religion and power and the militarization of the country.’

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Former MP Alaa Abdel-Moneim:
"The bloc’s slogan is: No to the marriage of religion and power, and no to militarizing the country. We seek the establishment of a civil state governed only by the constitution and the law. We do not accept using religion to achieve political purposes. We also reject military tyranny. We derive our rules and main strength from the public."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian actress Tayseer Fahmy, Head of Equality and Development Party:
"When all civil forces unite, they will have the same opinion. Even after four years, when there will be presidential elections, all these forces and those believing in their principles will support a certain president. The same applies to parliamentary elections. So, it will create a kind of balance between powers so that neither party would dominate."

The participants reminded the newly elected president of "The Pledge Document,” which includes basic principles and demands for the new President of Egypt to be committed to, and stresses that Egypt is a civil democratic state whose official religion is Islam, and that the principles of the Islamic Law (Sharia) are the basic source of legislation.

The document also guarantees that the Islamists’ rise to power will not limit personal and public freedoms.

The Third Current bloc is intended to guarantee the principles of freedom, equality and social justice under Egypt's new administration and face what liberals and leftists refer to as Islamist and military fascism.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 28, 2012
Length: 0:02:42
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot, the attendees at the conference hall
2- Long shot, the speakers and the attendees upon the start of the press conference
3- Pan left, the speakers including constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat, Mohamed Aboul-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, former liberal MP Amr Hamzawi, and others
4- Various shots of speakers during the press conference, including Aboul-Ghar and Hamzawi
5- Wide shot, the attendees at the conference hall
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat:
"It is a strong political and social current to unite the political forces that were divided following the revolution. It offers an alternative to the Islamist state and the military state, highlighting the political arena with the issues of society, development and justice, which have been completely ignored amid the conflicts and competition over power."
7- Wide shot, Hamzawi speaking during the press conference
8- Medium shot, Abdel-Ghaffar Shukr, Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPA) member, speaking during the press conference
9- Wide shot, the press conference and the attendees
10- Medium shot, political activist George Ishaaq speaking during the press conference
11- Wide shot, the attendees at the conference hall
12- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Former MP Alaa Abdel-Moneim:
"The bloc’s slogan is: No to the marriage of religion and power, and no to militarizing the country. We seek the establishment of a civil state governed only by the constitution and the law. We do not accept using religion to achieve political purposes. We also reject military tyranny. We derive our rules and main strength from the public." 13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian actress Tayseer Fahmy, Head of Equality and Development Party:
"When all civil forces unite, they will have the same opinion. Even after four years, when there will be presidential elections, all these forces and those believing in their principles will support a certain president. The same applies to parliamentary elections. So, it will create a kind of balance between powers so that neither party would dominate." 14- Various shots of the conference, speakers and attendees

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Tripoli - Noor Square
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Randa Mirza
14 May 2012

Al-Noor Square has witnessed in the last months numerous demonstrations and sit-ins organized by Tripoli (Northern Lebanon) Sunni Extremists in support of the Syrian rebellion. A monumental sculpture inscribing the name of Allah centers the Square. Underneath the sculpture is written, "Tripoli, the fortress of Muslims, welcomes you."

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Suleiman Visits Coptic Church, Church...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
15 Apr 2012

Presidential candidate Omar Suleiman, Egypt's 14-day vice-president and 18-year intelligence chief, paid a visit on Saturday, April 14, to Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church and met with the Church interim leader Bishop Bakhomious to wish Copts a happy Easter Holiday.

Suleiman's move is seen by observers as an attempt to rally Coptic support for his presidential race, yet Bishop Bakhomious told reporters after the meeting that the Church adopts a neutral position on all presidential candidates.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Bishop Bakhomious, Coptic Orthodox Church interim leader:
"We do not support anyone. We give the liberty to our people that each should elect the one appealing to their conscience. We receive all presidential candidates. Whoever of them wants to visit us, they are welcomed." Suleiman, the only vice president appointed by Mubarak in the beginning of the revolution, is facing a big campaign against his candidacy for serving for the former regime for about eighteen years.

A massive protest was held at the infamous Tahrir Square on Friday, April 13, demanding withdrawal of Suleiman from the presidential race, along with other candidates who server under Mubarak, particularly Ahmed Shafik, last Prime Minister of Mubarak, and Amr Moussa, former Arab League chief and former foreign minister.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We're here basically to prevent former regime men from presidential race, as they ruined the political life and humiliated the Egyptian people over the past thirty years."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We will continue the revolution and it will not stop unless we oust (former PM) Ahmed Shafik, (former vice president) Omar Suleiman, (former Arab League chief) Amr Moussa and all symbols of corruption."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"I demand today the exclusion of all symbols of corruption of the former regime. They should withdraw on their own or else they will be forced to." Although Suleiman has many supporters, Tahrir Square showed that a lot of Egyptians consider the man part of the corrupt ousted regime and some accuse him of being an agent for the United States and Israel.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 14, 2012 [and Friday protest archive April 13]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 14, 2012
Length: 0:02:53
Video Size: 128 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1-Wide external shot, St. Mark's Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo
2-Various shots of the meeting of presidential candidate Omar Suleiman with Coptic Orthodox Church interim leader Bishop Bakhomious
3-Various shots of Bakhomious' press conference after the meeting
4-SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Bishop Bakhomious, Coptic Orthodox Church interim leader:
"We do not support anyone. We give the liberty to our people that each should elect the one appealing to their conscience. We receive all presidential candidates. Whoever of them wants to visit us, they are welcomed." 5-Various shots of massive Friday Muslim Prayer performed in congregation in Tahrir Square (Friday, April 13)
6-Various shots of large posters of Omar Suleiman with a big X on his face calling for his exclusion from the presidential race (Friday, April 13)
7-Medium shot, a poster of Omar Suleiman with Israel's Star next to his face, implying he's an agent for Israel, and written on it "No for ousted vice-president! No for Omar Suleiman!" (Friday, April 13)
8-Various shots of Tahrir massive protest against former regime's presidential candidates (Friday, April 13)
9-SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We're here basically to prevent former regime men from presidential race, as they ruined the political life and humiliated the Egyptian people over the past thirty years." 10-SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"We will continue the revolution and it will not stop unless we oust (former PM) Ahmed Shafik, (former vice president) Omar Suleiman, (former Arab League chief) Amr Moussa and all symbols of corruption." 11-SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Protestor at Tahrir Sqaure:
"I demand today the exclusion of all symbols of corruption of the former regime. They should withdraw on their own or else they will be forced to." 12-Wide zoom in, protestors marching with a large sign reading "No for the return of ousted regime!" (Friday, April 13)
13-Wide shot, protestors with a large poster of Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail (Friday, April 13)
14-Various shots of Tahrir massive protest against former regime's presidential candidates (Friday, April 13)

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Egyptian Court Rules Mother of Presid...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 12, 2012

Egyptian court ruled that the late mother of a popular Salafist presidential candidate viewed as one of the strongest contenders for president is not a US citizen but only Egyptian citizen , clearing the way for him to run in Egypt's first presidential elections on a late session Wednesday, April 11.
The decision was met with cheers by thousands of Hazem Abu Ismail's supporters who had camped outside the court house in Cairo for hours from the beginning of the day, waiting for the decision.
Egyptian nationality” State TV reported that “Hazem Abu-Ismail has become a candidate again.”
Supporters of Abu-Ismail rallied around Abu-Ismail inside the courthouse, chanted "God is the greatest" "The people want Hazem Abu-Ismail" after hearing the court ruling that his late mother holds only the Egyptian citizenship.
Outside the courthouse in central Cairo, thousands of supporters carrying Abu Ismail posters and waving Egyptian flags chanted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is the Greatest). Here is the president.
Some people see that the ruling is Abu Ismail's first victory in the presidential race.
Abu Ismail's candidacy was in doubt last week when the electoral commission said that his mother, Nawal Abdel Aziz Nour, had obtained US citizenship in October 2006, which Abu Ismail repeatedly denied.
Under Egypt's electoral law, all candidates for the presidency, their parents and their wives must have only Egyptian citizenship.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:44
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot outside the State Council in Cairo, where the Court session is held
2. Various shots of supporters of Egyptian presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail camped outside the State Council, raising posters, banners and the Egyptian flags, supporting him and waiting for the court ruling
3. Various shots of veiled women raising posters of Abu-Ismail waiting for the court ruling
4. Various shots of supporters of Abu-Ismail shouting statements in support of him waiting for the verdict
5. Wide shot of a large poster of Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail
6. Various shots of massive numbers of supporters of Abu-Ismail inside the courthouse, shouting "God is the greatest" waving with the Egyptian flags after the court ruling
7. Various shots of supports of Abu-Ismail around him, chanting " Here is the president" "The people want Hazem Abu-Ismail"
8. Various shots of massive numbers of supporters of Abu-Ismail gathered outside the court celebrating after the verdict, setting fireworks , shouting "His mother is Egyptian"
9. Various shots of massive numbers of supporters of Abu-Ismail shouting "God is the greatest" "The people want Hazem Abu-Ismail"

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Egyptian Court Suspends Islamist-Domi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 10, 2012

Cairo Administrative Court suspended on Tuesday, April 10, the newly formed 100-member constitution-writing panel tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution after several lawsuits were filed demanding that the court dissolve the panel for not providing fair representation for all Egyptian citizens.

Protestors, including political activists and parliamentarians, gathered outside of the State Council headquarters, where the Administrative Court is held, raising signs and shouting statements against the Islamist-led constitution-writing committee formed by the parliament.

The protestors regarded the ruling as a victory for liberal and anti-Islamist calls demanding panel invalidation.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Political activist Karima al-Hifnawi:
"Suspending and invalidating the constitution-writing committee means by virtue of the ruling that it is invalid. The case is referred to the Constitutional Court and cannot be appealed. The immediate part of the ruling nullifies the panel formation. They (the Islamists) should return to reason and the right thing and the panel should represent all Egyptians, not only one faction."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Parliament Member Gamal Zahran:
"In my opinion, this ruling is victory to the voice of reason, the voice of civil currents, the voice of civil state and the voice of all the people. It is a historical verdict that suspends a committee formed by the majority who insisted in ignoring a part of society, if not most of it, by forming a panel with majority members of Islamic trends."

The Court did not give the reasons for the ruling to suspend the panel, stating only that it halted the implementation of the decision of the parliament speaker to form it, referring the question of its legitimacy to a legal adviser.

Those who oppose the panel formation, mostly liberals and secularists, complain that the panel is dominated only by one group, namely Islamists representing the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists, and that women and minorities are not represented in the panel.

The protestors shouted, “Down with the Military rule” and “Freedom”, referring to an alleged deal between the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and the Brotherhood.

The ruling adds another challenge facing the constitution-writing panel, after withdrawal of many of its members for its lack of fair representation according to them.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 10, 2012
Length: 0:01:53
Video Size: 93.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of the State Council in Cairo, where the Administrative Court session is held
2- Various shots of protestors outside the State Council, raising signs reading and Egyptian flags
3- Medium shot of a large banner reading “let’s write our constitution with our hands”
4- Various shots of protestors shouting “Down with military rule…
Freedom, Freedom”
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Political activist Karima al-Hifnawi:
"Suspending and invalidating the constitution-writing committee means by virtue of the ruling that it is invalid. The case is referred to the Constitutional Court and cannot be appealed. The immediate part of the ruling nullifies the panel formation. They (the Islamists) should return to reason and the right thing and the panel should represent all Egyptians, not only one faction."
6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Parliament Member Gamal Zahran:
"In my opinion, this ruling is victory to the voice of reason, the voice of civil currents, the voice of civil state and the voice of all the people. It is a historical verdict that suspends a committee formed by the majority who insisted in ignoring a part of society, if not most of it, by forming a panel with majority members of Islamic trends."
7- Various shots of protestors shouting statements condemning the constitution panel
8- Pan right shot of a banner reading “Constitution for all the Egyptians”
9- Various shots of protestors shouting against the constitution panel, saying “Illegitimate”
10- Various shots of protestors shouting statements against the panel, raising signs condemning the panel and the Muslim Brotherhood

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Massive Rally of Supporters of Salafi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
06 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 6, 2012

Thousands of protestors headed from Al-Fateh Mosque after Friday prayers in Ramsis square downtown Cairo to Tahrir square on Friday, April 6, in support of Islamist Salafist presidential candidate, Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail who may be disqualified from the race after it was announced that his mother was an American citizen.

Protestors see that it is a campaign against Abu-Ismail, which aims at excluding him from Egypt's first post-revolution presidential elections.

Protestors are carrying banners and posters supporting their candidate, chanting anti-military council slogans and other slogans including, "The people want Hazem Abu Ismail," "Islamic, Islamic, "Quran is the constitution".

Protestors denied allegations that Abu-Ismail's mother is American, urging that there is no evidence.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egyptian man:
"I am here today to support Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail because according to the law, that only recognizes documented evidence, if anyone gets an American passport they have to, while in the United States, record video and voice while he is swearing his allegiance as a citizen before the court".

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egyptian man:
"I'm here with all my brothers to support Sheikh Hazem Abu-Ismail even if his mother holds Israeli passport. We will support Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail".

Protestors stressed that they wouldn't allow manipulation, chanting "we’ll live with dignity" which is the motto of Abu-Ismail's presidential campaign.

Abu Ismail said that he faced a "plot." His campaign chief said that the country's military rulers were looking for ways to disqualify the candidate.

Allegations that Abu-Ismail's late mother held a US citizenship surfaced last week after he officially submitted his candidacy papers with the signatures of around 150,000 voters to the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) and became an official presidential candidate.

The SPEC reported lately on Thursday that it received an official letter from the Interior Ministry’s Immigration and Naturalization Department confirming that Abu Ismail’s mother, Nawal Abdel Aziz Nour, entered Egypt on a US passport in the last five months before her death.

The Egyptian electoral rules exclude anyone who, or either of their parent, hold another (dual) nationality from running for Egypt's top post.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 6, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 6, 2012
Length: 0:01:09
Video Size: 57.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Tilt down shot of people at Friday prayers at Al-Fateh Mosque in Ramsis square downtown Cairo
2- Various shots of people at the Friday prayers at Al-Fateh Mosque
3- Wide shot of of veiled women raising posters of Islamist presidential candidate, Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail
4- Various shots of massive rally of supporters of Abu-Ismail heading to Tahrir square, raising his posters, shouting against the military council and "The people want Hazem Abu Ismail"
5- Wide shot of a large banner reading " we won't allow manipulation, "we’ll live with dignity" at Tahrir square
6- Various shots of protestors at Tahrir square, shouting "The people want Hazem Abu Ismail"
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egyptian man:
"I am here today to support Hazem Ismael because according to the law, that only recognizes documented evidence, if anyone gets an American passport they have to, while in the United States, record video and voice while he is swearing his allegiance as a citizen before the court". 8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic)- Egyptian man:
9- "I'm here with all my brothers to support Sheikh Hazem Abu-Ismail even if his mother holds Israeli passport. We will support Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail".
10- Various shots of supporters of Abu-Ismail shouting "The people want Hazem Abu Ismail" raising his posters, waving with the Egyptian flags
11- Various shots
12- Wide shot of veiled women raising posters of Abu-Ismail
13- Various shots of supporters of Abu-Ismail shouting "Islamic" "Islamic"

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Egyptian Liberals and Secularists Wit...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
27 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 27, 2012

Egyptian liberal, secularist and leftist political parties and figures announced on Tuesday, March 27, their withdrawal from the constitution panel that will draft Egypt’s new constitution during a press conference held at the Journalist syndicate, rejecting Islamists' domination of the panel.

The Free Egyptians Party, the largest liberal one, pulled out from the constitution panel, joining several other liberals and secularists who rejected the way of the formation of the panel complaining the panel is dominated by Islamists and doesn’t offer fair representation of all Egyptians.

The participants issued a joint statement formally announcing withdrawal from the panel.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Emad Gad, parliamentarian and researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies:
"The panel members signing this statement announce withdrawal from its membership as expression of their rejection of the panel formation and of the method through which the opinion of the parliament parties of majority seats was imposed without consultations or attempts to achieve the least agreement."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, founding member of Egypt Freedom party:
"I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where civil society organizations are not really represented. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee free from human rights advocates. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where women representation is 6%. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where youth representation is very limited, which is less than 6% or 5%."

Liberals see that such a high proportion of lawmakers gave Islamists, who already control nearly most of the parliament seats, too much control of drafting the constitution, stressing that the constitution must represent all the Egyptians and not only a majority group of people.

They also see that having 50 members of the 100-member panel from outside parliament is not a guarantee that they are not Islamists, stressing that Islamists' domination of the panel endangers freedoms and the rights of women and minorities.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Mohamed Nour Farahat, liberal parliamentarian, law professor and constitutional expert:
"There are three things in real danger. The first is the civil nature of Egypt. The second is the status of women and minorities in Egypt's coming constitution. The third is the status of general rights and freedoms in the new constitution.

Some of the participants said that the constitution-writing panel is illegitimate as they believe that the current parliament is illegitimate in the first place.

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Mamdouh Ramzy, Assistant Chairman of Reform Party:
"We finally resort to the law, which will have the last say about this constituent committee and about the parliament also, because this parliament is illegitimate and so the constituent committee was formed by an illegitimate parliament."

Among the members of the constitutional panel who declared withdrawal are liberal lawmaker and researcher Amr Hamzawi, political science professor and Social Democratic Party leader Mona Makram Ebeid, head of Lawyers’ Syndicate Sameh Ashour and activist Ahmed Harara.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 27, 2012
Length: 0:02:54
Video Size: 144 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot of the press conference at the Press Syndicate in Cairo
2- Medium shot, banner of the conference reading "Constitution for All Egyptians"
3- Various shots of the press conference, speakers and attendees
4- Medium shot, political researcher Emad Gad reading the agreed-upon statement announcing withdrawal from the constituent panel
5- Wide shot, liberal MP Amr Hamzawi coming to the stage to deliver his statement
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Emad Gad, parliamentarian and researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies:
"The panel members signing this statement announce withdrawal from its membership as expression of their rejection of the panel formation and of the method through which the opinion of the parliament parties of majority seats was imposed without consultations or attempts to achieve the least agreement." 7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, founding member of Egypt Freedom party:
"I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where civil society organizations are not really represented. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee free from human rights advocates. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where women representation is 6%. I don’t want to be a member of a constituent committee where youth representation is very limited, which is less than 6% or 5%." 8- Various shots of the conference
9- Medium shot, Amr Hamzawi, liberal parliamentarian, speaking during the press conference
10- Pan right of the press conference
11- Medium shot, constitutional expert Mohamed Nour Farahat speaking during the press conference
12- Wide shot, the attendees at the press conference
13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Mohamed Nour Farahat, liberal parliamentarian, law professor and constitutional expert:
"There are three things in real danger. The first is the civil nature of Egypt. The second is the status of women and minorities in Egypt's coming constitution. The third is the status of general rights and freedoms in the new constitution. 14- Various shots of liberals, secularists and leftists, including Emad Gad and Amr Hamzawi, chatting together after the press conference
15- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Mamdouh Ramzy, Assistant Chairman of Reform Party:
"We finally resort to the law, which will have the last say about this constituent committee and about the parliament also, because this parliament is illegitimate and so the constituent committee was formed by an illegitimate parliament."
16- Close up, sign at the building of the press syndicate headquarters reading, "Syndicate of Journalists"
17- Wide shot, the press syndicate headquarters in Cairo

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Egypt MPs Elect Constitution-Writing ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
24 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 24, 2012

A debatable session was held between Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council on Saturday, March 24, for electing the 100 members of the committee that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people, mostly liberals and Copts, gathered outside Cairo International Conference Center, where the poll was held, amid intense security presence to protest against the legitimacy of the formation of the constitution-writing panel with 50% parliamentarians, voicing concern about Islamist domination of the new constitution.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khattab, founding member of Union of Independents for Egypt:
"The constitution is for the next generations. So, all generations and ideologies should be represented. A single faction should not dominate writing the constitution. 50% of the panel cannot be parliamentarians, because they will also select the other 50% and of course they will not select someone against their vision."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt:
"Everyone tries to protect themselves. The Islamists protect themselves through writing the constitution at our expense. This is not good at all. They should consider the rights of others. We elected them and supported them because they were oppressed and persecuted by the former regime, etc. So, they shouldn't ruin us once they get to power."

A number of MPs, political activists and revolutionary movements criticized the criteria on which the panel formation is based, fearing the country is heading towards a religious direction with Islamists having the upper hand in the parliament.

The protestors raised signs against domination of Egypt's constitution by a certain group, referring to Islamists, calling for a civil state and a constitutional panel representing all categories of the society.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
"The constitution is the dream of the Egyptian people. I wish it wouldn’t have privileges for a certain group of the people such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. It shouldn’t also have any guarantees for the SCAF through constitutional articles protecting them against punishment or trial for the mistakes of the transitional period. There shouldn't be a central power for anyone writing the constitution."

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni announced last week that the 100-member committee will be composed of 50 parliamentarians and 50 figures from outside the parliament.

The liberal Egyptian Bloc, which includes three parties, withdrew from due to what they described as lack of proper criteria for the panel formation.

The protestors said the constitution-writing panel is the beginning of the end of January 25 Revolution.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:54
Video Size: 143 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

1- Medium external shot, large sign of Cairo International Conference Center
2- Various shots of protestors outside the Conference Center raising signs and shouting statements against the panel formation
3- Various shots of liberal parliamentarians, including famous liberal Amr Hamzawi, talking at a corridor outside the conference hall
4- Various shots of the voting process inside the conference hall
5- Medium shot, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni
6- Medium shot, a young man with a painted mask sitting on the ground and holding a sign expressing rejection
7- Various shots of the protest
8- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khattab, founding member of Union of Independents for Egypt:
"The constitution is for the next generations. So, all generations and ideologies should be represented. A single faction should not dominate writing the constitution. 50% of the panel cannot be parliamentarians, because they will also select the other 50% and of course they will not select someone against their vision." 9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian Copt:
"Everyone tries to protect themselves. The Islamists protect themselves through writing the constitution at our expense. This is not good at all. They should consider the rights of others. We elected them and supported them because they were oppressed and persecuted by the former regime, etc. So, they shouldn't ruin us once they get to power." 10- Various shots of MPs at the conference hall
11- Various shots of liberal and Islamist MPs leaving and walking at the corridor
12- Various shots of the protest amid intense security presence
13- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Protestor:
14- "The constitution is the dream of the Egyptian people. I wish it wouldn’t have privileges for a certain group of the people such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. It shouldn’t also have any guarantees for the SCAF through constitutional articles protecting them against punishment or trial for the mistakes of the transitional period. There shouldn't be a central power for anyone writing the constitution."
15- Various shots of protestors outside the Conference Center raising signs and shouting statements against the panel formation

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Egypt's Parliament Decides 100-Member...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 17, 2012

Egypt's Parliament Speaker Mohmed Saad al-Katatni announced on Saturday, March 17, that the 100-member committee that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution will be composed of 50 parliamentarians and 50 figures from outside the parliament.

The announcement came in the second joint meeting of Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council, after vote counting on the parliament representation in the constitution panel.

Some members recommended all panel members should be MPs, others recommended the opposite and some recommended a joint panel of MPs and other figures.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"The recommendation with majority of votes is the one necessitating the formation of the constitution-writing committee to include 50% from the parliament and 50% from outside the parliament including all institutions, authorities, civil society organizations and public figures."

Islamists represented in the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafi Al-Nour Party voted for a joint panel of parliamentarians and non-parliamentarians, while most liberals recommended that most panel members should be from outside the parliament to avoid Islamic influence on Egypt’s new constitution.

Others see that honesty and sincerity are more important than being from inside or outside the parliament.

Egypt's current constitution was passed in 1971 and was amended twice ever since, with controversial articles that led to dictatorship and one-man rule according to analysts.

The 100-member panel will be assigned with writing a new constitution that copes with the aspirations of January 25 Revolution.

SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of the second joint meeting of Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council
2- Various shots of Parliament Speaker Mohmed Saad al-Katatni speaking during the meeting
3- Various shots of the attendees
4- Clouse up, a sign reading "Voting Supervision Committee"
5- Various shots of the voting process inside the conference hall
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"The recommendation with majority of votes is the one necessitating the formation of the constitution-writing committee to include 50% from the parliament and 50% from outside the parliament including all institutions, authorities, civil society organizations and public figures." 7- Various shots of the meeting and the attendees
8- Various shots of ballot boxes on tables during the meeting
9- Medium shot of the attendees
10- Various external shots of the People's Assembly
11- Various external shots of the Shura Council