A painful blow to the media in Egypt: taxes on Google and Facebook A painful blow to the media in Egypt: taxes on Google and Facebook
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A painful blow to the media in Egypt: taxes on Google and Facebook

Egypt has dealt a blow to the audio-visual media, especially electronic after the Egyptian parliament approved the imposition of taxes on Google Inc. and Facebook, where the second chapter on the «operation of the media institution for its activity», the draft law regulating the press and media, "In any case, no website may bring advertisements from the Egyptian market unless it is bound by the Supreme Council and subject to the provisions of Law No. 11 of 1991 on tax evasion.

Article 59 provides

Without prejudice to the authority of the NTRA to issue licenses for the establishment or operation of telecommunications networks or the provision of telecommunications services, no media outlet or website may be created or advertised before obtaining a license from the Supreme Council. Terms and Conditions of License.

In all cases, it is not permissible to broadcast from outside the approved media areas determined by the Supreme Council without the prior permission of the Supreme Council specifying the time and venue of the broadcast.

Article 60

The application for the establishment or operation of the media or the website shall be submitted to the Supreme Council on the forms it sets up, in accordance with the data and documents it specifies. The Board shall decide on the application no later than ninety days from the date of completing the application, for a fee not exceeding 250 thousand pounds for the media And fifty thousand pounds for the website.

Article 61

The license period is five years and may be renewed at the request of the licensee to the Supreme Council six months before its expiry, in accordance with the provisions set out in this law.

Article(62)

The license shall specify the obligations of the licensee, which shall include the following:

1. Type of service and technology used in broadcasting.

2. Duration of the license.

3 - Geographical boundaries to provide service in the circumstances that require this.

4. Quality and efficiency standards.

5 - Commitment to the continuation of service delivery, and procedures to be followed in the case of cutting or stopping service.

6-For licensing and financial obligations.

7. Commitment to all intellectual property rights.

Article 63

Licensee may not assign the license in whole or in part to third parties or to merge with or in another institution without the prior written approval of the Supreme Council, all in accordance with the conditions determined by

Article 64

Media outlets and licensed websites are required to keep full documentation of all programs, audio, video and electronic materials transmitted by them for at least the last 12 months of their activity and to submit a copy thereof to the Supreme Council without prejudice to the right of the media to keep records longer.

Article 65

The licensee is obliged to display the logo of the visual or digital channel, mention the name of the audiovisual station, the frequency used throughout the broadcast hours, and the display of the website, whether alive or archival.

Article 66

Without prejudice to the terms of reference of the Central Auditing Organization (CAOA), the media is obliged to publish its approved balance sheets and accounts in two daily and widely circulated daily newspapers during the four months following the end of the fiscal year. The Board shall be committed to enable the Supreme Council to review the final accounts and its books and documents. , And the executive regulations shall determine the necessary procedures for this.

Article 67

It is not permitted to broadcast the content of the media, read, audio, video and electronic media on smart phones or other similar devices or means before obtaining the approval of the Supreme Council in accordance with the procedures and rules that it sets.

In any case, no website may bring advertisements from the Egyptian market, unless it is bound by the Supreme Council and subject to the provisions of Law No. 11 of 1991 on tax evasion.

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