25. Response to the request of readers

In the RNSAW of June 27 - July 1 1998, a translation was given of an article of Fikriya Ahmed in El-Wafd 27, titled ’The Dutch intelligence condemns Muslims in its annual report’. The RNSAW obtained the text of the summary of this report and translated it for our readers.

9. Rodinson’s book should not have been banned

A reader of the RNSAW commented on the ban of Rodinson’s book on Mohammed. He is of the opinion Montassir should understand that Rodinson tried to understand Mohammed as a non-believer but not as some one who wanted to attack Islam.

1. The Journalists’ Code of Honor

After el-Destour published the declaration attacking three Christian businessmen a discussion started about the ’yellow’ (sensational) press and journalists ethics which resulted in a new Code of Honor according to which journalists may work.

6. Freedom of Religious Persecution not through polarization

Hulsman argues that there are social problems in Egypt but not persecution and that if the proposals for a law promoting religious freedom worldwide becomes law they could lead to polarization between Muslims and Christians in Egyptian society. He gives examples of stories which have been exaggerated in the US.

6. Report on the Persecution of Christians by the Council of Churches of the City of New York after its Visit to Egypt

Because of the attack of Selim Naguib, the RNSAW included the full text of the Report of the Council of Churches which concludes "It does not appear that the national government condones any acts of persecution of the Christian minority in Egypt." But " This is not to say that there is no persecution or discrimination in Egypt. No nation on earth can lay claim to that distinction."

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