A cartoon of a newspaper in human form chained in a cell was pasted on the front of several independent papers including Al-Watan with the line 'A constitution that cancels rights and shackles freedoms. No to dictatorship.'
The papers also declared that they would not go to print on Tuesday. Three private TV channels also declared they will leave their screens blank on Tuesday, joining hands with the opposition against Mursi and escalating the biggest political crisis not seen since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak.
They denounced the moves by Mursi to go ahead with the proclamation of the new constitution without the participation of the liberals and Christian members.
The decision not to publish newspapers was taken at a meeting called by the National Committee for the Defense of freedom of opinion and expression, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
A resolution, unanimously adopted, also called for keeping television screens blank. Gamal Fahmy, Director of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, and Karem Mahmoud, secretary of the union also attended the meeting.
Last time, Egypt faced a judicial strike and a newspaper blackout was in 1919 when the country united in an uprising against the British colonial rule.