Egypt's media: Marching in step?
We examine why most of the Egyptian media are lining up behind the military-backed government since Morsi was ousted.
Listening Post Last updated: 09 Nov 2013 14:50
When the deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appeared on Egyptian state TV the day before his trial began on November 4, it was the first time he had been seen in four months. His day in court was as tightly-orchestrated media as the security surrounding him.
Since the military coup in July, Egypt's media has been in lock step with the march of Egypt's military masters. Morsi was labelled "hysterical" by the press - both state-owned and private - for asserting that he, as Egypt's legitimate president, could not be tried by the court.
His refusal to wear a prison gown even invited unfavourable comparisons with his predecessor Hosni Mubarak who had assented to the all-white garment. It seems not all deposed presidents are equal in the eyes of Egyptian journalists.
And spare a thought for Bassem Youssef, Egypt's answer to Jon Stewart. His tireless and wildly popular satirical take on post-Tahrir politics was a major part of the private media’s pushback against Muslim Brotherhood efforts to Ikhwanise the public discourse. It seems that his light-hearted critique of the Sisi-mania was no laughing matter for his network, CBC, which has now suspended Youssef’s show.
To discuss the new dynamics of the Egyptian media we speak with Shahira Amin, a former host on Nile TV; Marwa Maziad, a columnist for Al-Masry al-Youm; Ursula Lindsey from the 'The Arabist' website; and Adel Iskandar, a media scholar at Georgetown University.
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