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COUNTERPOINT: Ambassador Sameh Shoukry and U.S Drop in Freedom of the Press

By Michael Matthiesen posted Feb 01, 2012 at 09:55 PM

On Friday @ 1PM, Wes and Michael will be joined by the UM's College Democrats President Gaurav Dihman to discuss the U.S's drop in Press Freedom Index following 2011, The Occupy Year. The eruption of the Occupy movement in September launched a battle between the government and the governed that America has not seen in decades. Needless to say covering the protests of the 99% have been a favorite for topic for reports. But how police and public officials have handled reporters and protestors has caused Reporters Without Borders to drop U.S' Press Freedom Index. Michael and Wes will also uncover an interview with Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry, who stopped by the University of Miami to discuss Egypt's Democracy and the Arab Spring. 

 

He previously served as Egypt’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2005 to 2008) as well as Egypt’s ambassador to Austria and as permanent representative to the International Organizations in Vienna (1999 to 2003). Ambassador Shoukry also served as the director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004 to 2005) and as secretary for information and follow-up to the president (1995 to 1999).

As a career diplomat who joined the Egyptian Diplomatic Corps in 1976, Ambassador Shoukry served in the Egyptian Embassies in London and Buenos Aires and in the Permanent Mission of Egypt in New York. He headed the Department of the United States and Canada in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1995. He also specializes in disarmament and non-proliferation issues. Ambassador Shoukry holds a law degree from Ein Shams University.









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