State Information Service

The State Information Service is an Egyptian government agency directly subordinate to the Egyptian Presidency. It is the official media and public relations apparatus of the Egyptian state and its responsible for regulating the affairs of foreign press and media correspondents in Egypt.[1]

It was founded in 1954 by the Revolutionary Command Council in the eve of the republican era, 2 years after the Free Officers led by colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser toppled King Farouk and abolished the Monarchy. Revolutionary Command Council member Salah Salem was SIS's first Chairman.

In September 2012 President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree making SIS an agency subordinate to the presidency instead of the now defunct ministry of information. The current Chairman of SIS is Diaa Rashwan a renowned journalist and politician, he was appointed to the post by president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in June 2017.[2] Among the previous Chairmen of SIS was Safwat El-Sherif one of the leading figures in president Hosni Mubarak's government.

Most Notable Chairmen of SIS - Salah Salem (1954 - 1955) - Amin Howeidi (1965 - 1966) - Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid (1967 - 1968) - Safwat El-Sherif (1979 - 1980) - Mamdouh El Beltagui (1983 - 1993) - Nabil Othman (1994 - 2003) - Taha Abdel Alim (2003 - 2004) - Nasser Kamel (2005 - 2006) - Diaa Rashwan (2017 - present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home-SIS". www.sis.gov.eg. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  2. ^ "Sisi appoints new chief for State Information Service - Egypt Today". www.egypttoday.com. Retrieved 2018-10-26.