How Egyptian media ban dissent


The following videos are from an Egyptian TV programme which is acclaimed by Egyptians as one of the most neutral and objective programmes in Egyptian media. It is shocking how the presenter treats the people who phone in to say that the Egyptian side is most at fault because it is fanning the flames with exaggerations and unproven allegations. If this is one of the most neutral and objective programmes, you can imagine how the other less objective ones are like!

Video 1: an Egyptian political journalist calls in to say that all the Egyptian claims remain unproven and as such the Egyptian media are to blame for encouraging the anger of the masses. He states that even official Egyptian reports from the Ministry of Health do acknowledge that there have been 45 casualties within Algerian supporters following the match which took place in Cairo, one of which was suffering from stab wounds. These are casualties which necessitated hospital treatments. On the other hand, the official reports from Sudan state that there have been 22 minor injuries within Egyptian supporters. Basically, his point is that all official reports point to the fact that most of the violence which took place was from the Egyptian side. To which the guests of the programme murmur that these are ‘hypotheses’ and after the call is abruptly cut off, the presenter comments that: ‘The Egyptian officials have clearly protected Algerian supporters and representatives in Cairo’ and that [somebody said that] ‘there was one Sudanese who was stabbed in Khartoum’. Also, notice the videos which they show intermittently, as if to transmit their message subliminally to their public. None of the videos show Algerian supporters engaging in violence against Egyptian supporters. One  of them shows some unidentifiable individuals beating up one supporter holding the Egyptian flag whilst all the others show anonymous empty smashed busses.

Video 2:  in this clip, one of the guests puts across a more nuanced and intelligent opinion. His name is Amro Shobky and he is head of a research centre specializing in political and strategic studies. The presenter constantly tries to push him to say that what happened in Sudan was pre-planned by Algerian politicians and the government. He gives in to the pressure because he seems keen to avoid being stigmatized as ‘non patriotic’ or ‘not patriotic enough’, however, he makes a good point about the problem of Algerian identity and our meagre history compared to what he calls Egyptian history which stretches back to the times of the Pharaohs (as if Algeria did not exist at that time!). He says that when Egyptian media attacked the symbols of the Algerian revolution, they failed to realize that the entire Algerian history is built on the revolution which constitutes a big part of the Algerian psyche and sense of pride. In Egypt however, the national history is so diversified that people are unlikely to turn violent when any segment of it is attacked or vilified. It is an intelligent manoeuvre but the problem with it is that the Egyptian masses suffered a huge sense of confusion about their own identity following losing a football match! Many turned the events which followed into proofs that Egyptians and/ or Algerians are not Arabs! It seems that both Egyptians and Algerians suffer from confused identities.

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I enjoy writing, well communicating to be more precise as writing is somewhat a solitary activity. I tend to think that life is beautiful and interesting but people tend to over-complicate it. I like thinking about people and societies (netfelssaf like we say in Algerian). Apart from that, am relatively begnin.

2 thoughts on “How Egyptian media ban dissent

  1. About your comment on the second video, I agree the guy is more nuanced and tries to tell the Egyptians that it’s better for them to react differently for their own good. He also points at their strategic mistakes. And, as you said, he gives in to the pressure, but like most Egyptians and without any visible pressure he fails to acknowledge the truth.
    He says that the Egyptian TV unknowingly hurt the Algerian feelings who are more sensitive (the reasons of which you discussed in your comment) and all they said wouldn’t have hurt in Egypt! He is insulting the people’s intelligence here because as a football fan I know how it works all around the world before any match, where both sides try by all means to hurt the feelings of each other. One can condemn it but that’s what happens. So he shouldn’t come and say the Egyptians meant it as a joke and the Algerians took it seriously.

    Regarding the reasons he gave as to why we Algerians are sensitive about our martyrs, etc., I have nothing to add to your comment… Or perhaps just one thing, get him some history books.

  2. I am sure we are biased too MnarviDZ, in some ways, I can understand why Egyptians fail or are reluctant to acknowledge the inconvenient truth. I mean, who would? They really blew it this time and when the truth hurts so bad, most people will need time to come to terms with it.

    The problem is that they really did fall from the seventh sky because they were led to believe that a victory is guaranteed. I really do think that even if we lost, our disappointment wouldn’t have been as great as theirs, although we did have plenty of reasons to be angry at the way they handled the Cairo encounter.

    What pains me most is the fall from grace of Egypt, which is, when all is said and done, an iconic country in the Arabo-Muslim world for many reasons.

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