1. Cultural leadership
Culture of a society is based on its moral identity, to which the people belong. Islamic culture is the main factor in shaping the human mind and conscience in Egypt, which enables intelligent interaction with the various other cultures, without exclusion or contempt, and without melting into those other cultures.
Cultural development areas include the following:
1. Translation and publication:
- Our program adopts a national project for translation, with the following priorities:
- Adopting a large-scale translation movement, with varied fields, expanded geographical scope, and varied frameworks of knowledge (books - cultural encyclopaedias - Theses - periodicals, particularly in the fields of scientific, technical and human sciences).
- Creating a database of translated books and professional translators in Egypt, to secure a detailed movement plan in the future.
- Boosting cooperation with academies and official and civil bodies abroad in this area, through the relevant ministries and cultural attachés in the Egyptian embassies abroad, as well as establishing and streamlining cooperation with various scientific bodies around the world.
- It is essential to develop and support books as one of the most important and common tools of knowledge, in spite of the communications revolution in the information age. In this context, there is a number of ways to improve the printing, publishing and distribution of books, as follows:
- Institutional support for book publication and distribution, and especially scientific books, including support of the Book Publishers Association, establishing its branches in various regions, and expanding its circle of membership.
- Focussing attention on information technology and asserting its role in promoting the book industry.
- Activating the role of the Egyptian Publishers Association and the Union of Arab Publishers, so as to support the Arab and Egyptian book industry.
- Advancement and promotion of the Arab book industry, and reliance on electronic book publishing and marketing.
- Make room for participation in organisation of exhibitions for the Egyptian Publishers Association, the Writers Union, relevant NGOs, and civil society organisations – with official state institutions – to promote freedom of publication.
- Abolition of customs duties and taxes on book industry requirements, and support of the manufacture of book industry requirements locally.
- Increasing the number of public libraries in all governorates, and ensuring they offer all types of objective knowledge, cultural and artistic activities, paying special attention to new cities and villages in this regard.
3. Film and drama production:
- Encourage the film industry, both financially and morally.
- Expand the scope of co-production in the field of television drama and film, especially with Arab and Islamic countries.
- Support the national, religious, historical and documentary film industry which addresses the history, issues and concerns of Egypt.
- Encourage youth initiatives in film production, and adopt new young talent, allowing them the opportunity to shine.
- Support and promote film direction to produce clean cinema that focus on art standards not excitement.
4. Theatre and folk art:
- Implementation of an integrated plan for the development of theatrical activity in the country with a number of actions, as follows:
- Improving the general quality of play texts.
- Searching for new talent in various areas of theatrical art.
- Boosting construction of sufficiently-equipped theatre houses within a more comprehensive plan to develop the infrastructure of Dramatic Art in Egypt, including a range of measures such as reviewing closed theatre houses in Egypt, and studying the reasons for closure, then restoring and re-opening those.
- Promoting all types of theatrical activity at cultural palaces in all regions, in terms of teams, facilities or drama texts.
- Increasing attention and focus on school and university theatre activities, and coordinating with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education to discover new talent in the various relevant aspects: writing, acting and directing, etc.
2. Media Leadership:
Media, in all its shapes, means and forms – press, radio, television and the internet – play a crucial role in promoting the values ??of society, in the consolidation of its identity, in the dissemination of science and culture, and in support for reform within the community – such as the idea of ??democratic participation and human rights – in support for the concepts and feelings of belonging, the revival of national spirit, creating tolerance, rejecting intolerance and backwardness, and in support for women's rights and the principle of citizenship in dealing with community issues.
Therefore, our elections program aims to restore real leadership in the following areas:
1. Radio and television:
- Establish a new system of Egyptian media that should include television, a national media council and the Office of External Media, and abolish the Information Ministry.
- Establish an effective Board of Trustees, independent of the government, for television. This should draw television channels policies, monitor their implementation, and outline expansion or contraction plans in the light of the needs on the ground. Members of this Board of Trustees should be selected for a specific term by the People’s Assembly.
- Rationalise expenditure through various managerial and financial monitoring and administrative controls, making sure work is managed with sufficient efficiency.
- Update broadcast program plans and schedules of existing (terrestrial and satellite) channels to take into account the different needs, values ??and codes of behaviour of the Egyptian citizen.
- Boost the ‘specialty’ nature of local channels, and develop those so they can convey their message beyond their local geographical areas.
- Emphasise respect for religions and moral values, ??and rationalise the monitoring process, with regard to information and drama productions, especially financial monitoring, focusing on a culture of dialogue in these matters.
2. The press:
In this context, our program supports the following principles of journalism in Egypt:
- Emphasis on the freedom of the press and freedom of publication of newspapers, magazines, and various other paper and electronic publications without any legal or administrative obstacles, as long as the publication abides by the Constitution and the law and takes account of public morality.
- Elimination of government controlled press institutions by sale or transfer of ownership to public bodies or own workers.
- Amending the press law and the abolition of the Supreme Press Council and transferring its powers to the Press Syndicate.
- Improving the level of physical and professional working conditions for journalists, and developing an integrated system of social security to help them do their jobs.
- Updating the Charter of the Press to ensure real commitment by Egyptian newspapers to ethical controls and the rejection of foreign funding of Egyptian newspapers.
3. International information network (the internet):
In this area, our program seeks to:
- Boost data transfer networks in terms of techniques, speed and other technical aspects, in all parts of the country, within an advanced integrated system of network communications and telecommunications, to keep abreast with scientific progress.
- Provide all faculties, colleges, institutes and educational establishments, of all stages of education, as well as public libraries, with high quality and high speed internet services.
- Develop the internal information network in government departments (intranet) to facilitate the performance of public services and to better serve the interests of the public, and as an essential part of a policy to eliminate bureaucracy and administrative complexity, and by way of development of the "e-government" project, which incidentally contributes to the fight against corruption.
- Develop educational institutions in the intermediate, university and postgraduate/higher studies stages, in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology, in order to move the country from the stage of learning information and technology to the stage of creating information and technology.
- Apply a "code of honour" for the use of the internet that depends on a culture of self-immunisation rather than external censorship; to assist the protection of public morality and values ?? in Egyptian society, with emphasis on the prevention of pornography downloads or uploads, and use of all technical and legal ways to achieve this.
- Create an integrated network of sites that support constructive culture, community and religious Egyptian, Arab and Islamic values, as part of a comprehensive policy that integrates with similar networks in the Arab and Muslim worlds, to face the waves of cultural invasion and chaos and intellectual liquidity that prevail in the world at the moment.
- Establish a Higher Council for electronic media, partly independent of the government, to be composed of NGOs and the private sector.
- Develop free internet services, with increasing speeds and lower costs. Such free internet services, through the national communications and telecommunications network should not be a monopoly for certain companies; but should be available directly from home-phones.
- Adopt a legislative and administrative system to address the crimes of electronic publishing related to violations of intellectual property rights, to protection of public morals or investigating piracy, hacking and attacks on internet sites.
10. Establish a national project to support the activity of young people on the Web/the internet, both in terms of blogging or literary, artistic and journalistic creativity. The objectives of this project should include the creation of a national, world-class search engine in Arabic, and increasing Arabic materials on the internet.
See FJP's full program for Egypt's Parliamentary Elections, 2011