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Les USA demandent à l'Egypte de ne pas s'en prendre aux médias

Les USA demandent à l'Egypte de ne pas s'en prendre aux médias | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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WASHINGTON: A U.S. diplomat pressed Cairo to respect “basic rights and freedoms” Thursday, warning that Egypt’s stability and economic recovery were at stake, as a court opened a trial of Al-Jazeera journalists.

Washington, whose ties with historic ally Cairo have cooled in recent months, has previously reprimanded Egyptian authorities for the trial of 20 journalists of the Doha-based television news network.

“The government’s targeting of journalists and others on questionable claims is wrong and demonstrates an egregious disregard for the protection of basic rights and freedoms,” a State Department official told AFP.

“All journalists — regardless of affiliation — must not be targets of violence, intimidation or politicized legal action. They must be protected and permitted to freely do their jobs in Egypt.”

The journalists are accused of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood and broadcasting false reports, after police shut down Al-Jazeera’s Cairo offices following former President Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow by the army in July.

Eight of the defendants are in custody, with the rest on the run or abroad.
 
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Les conditions se détériorent pour les journalistes travaillant en Egypte. Ils doivent faire face à l' "hostilité" à la fois des autorités et de la population de plus en plus méfiante à l'égard des...

Les conditions se détériorent pour les journalistes travaillant en Egypte. Ils doivent faire face à l' "hostilité" à la fois des autorités et de la population de plus en plus méfiante à l'égard des... | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A series of attacks, arrests, and assaults targeting journalists have highlighted the hostile conditions for journalists working in Egypt from both the authorities and from a public increasingly distrustful of the media.

Two journalists and a driver working for German public television station ARD were injured by a mob in Cairo on Friday afternoon while covering the aftermath of the bomb blast that tore the façade off the Cairo Security Directorate in Downtown.

The trio — which included a cameraman and a producer — was assaulted by a crowd who accused them of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.  They were beaten by the mob and attacked with razor blades and clubs, but were rescued when a plainclothes police officer fired his gun in the air.

“The atmosphere was very heated, and hostility was directed against anyone who did not come from the neighbourhood,” wrote cameraman Martin Krüger on the ARD website.  “After about 50 metres, we were stopped by a dozen local residents.  Someone, not an official, asked us what media we are with, and if we had permission to shoot.”

- See more at: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/01/25/conditions-deteriorate-for-egypts-journalists/#sthash.fJUI2kZY.dpuf

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Jama’a al-Islamiya proposes new Islamist media outlets

Jama’a al-Islamiya proposes new Islamist media outlets | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Jama’a al-Islamiya and its political wing, the Construction and Development party, have proposed establishing new satellite channels and newspapers to counter what they claim is an “anti-Islamist media.”

The media outlets would be financed by Islamist businessmen and would be a collaboration between Muslim Brotherhood members and other hardline Islamist parties, said Khaled al-Sherif, Construction and Development Party spokesperson.

“A media coordination authority will be founded to coordinate between [different] parties and the Jam’aa al-Islamiya to unite the Islamic discourse, and to confront the anti-Islamist media to counter the rumors that smear Islam’s image,” Sherif told-Al-Masry Al-Youm.

He added that a similar initiative is already in place in Turkey, funded by Islamist businessmen who have a specific interest in funding Islamist media platforms. Investing in Islamist media will provide more balanced news coverage and reduce media attacks against Islamists, Sherif asserted.

 

Al-Masry Al-Youm

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jama-al-islamiya-proposes-new-islamist-media-outlets

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Médias égyptiens: La cause de tous les maux

Médias égyptiens: La cause de tous les maux | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Accusés de vouloir saper la présidence de Morsi, les professionnels sont pris pour cible lors des manifestations, montrés du doigt par le régime et poursuivis en justice. (...)

Toutes tendances confondues, les journalistes ont manifesté samedi devant le siège de leur syndicat au centre du Caire contre la violence qui les vise. A l’intérieur du bâtiment cependant, l’ambiance était plutôt hostile aux Frères, accusés de tronquer les vidéos pour se montrer victimes. Le président du syndicat fraîchement élu, Diaa Rachwan, a affirmé défendre ses collègues «indépendamment de leurs appartenances politiques » et « le procureur général a considéré la plainte du syndicat et a ordonné l’arrestation de trois accusés » dans les violences contre les journalistes qui couvraient la manifestation de Moqattam, affirme Rachwan.

Depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir du président Mohamad Morsi, les journalistes et les Frères musulmans se trouvent engagés dans un bras de fer. Les locaux de plusieurs journaux de la presse indépendante comme Al-Wafd et Al-Watan ont été attaqués, et des avocats islamistes multiplient les procès pour délits de presse contre des journalistes libéraux.

 

Mohamed Abdel-Hady / Al-Ahram Hebdo

Plus : http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/967/1/130/2132/M%C3%A9dias-%C3%A9gyptiens-La-cause-de-tous-les-maux.aspx

 
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Egypte: des islamistes assiègent les studios de télévision privées

Egypte: des islamistes assiègent les studios de télévision privées | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des centaines d'islamistes assiégeaient lundi pour le deuxième jour consécutif un complexe abritant les chaînes de télévision privées satellitaires, les accusant d'être hostiles au courant islamiste, selon un journaliste de l'AFP.
Les manifestants ont pris le contrôle des entrées et des sorties de la Cité de la production médiatique égyptienne malgré la présence des forces anti-émeutes.

Les protestataires accusent les télévisions satellitaires privées d'être hostiles au courant islamiste et de s'être rangées du côté de l'opposition regroupant des forces libérales et de gauche.

 

AFP, via L'Orient Le Jour

Plus : http://www.lorientlejour.com/category/Derni%C3%A8res+Infos/article/807056/Egypte%3A_des_islamistes_assiegent_les_studios_de_television_privees.html

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Islamists rally against perceived media bias outside Egypt's MPC

Islamists rally against perceived media bias outside Egypt's MPC | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Dozens of Islamist protesters converged outside Egypt's Media Production City (MPC) on midday Sunday, with observers expecting their numbers to grow further.

Security measures have been stepped up outside the MPC, located in 6 October City on the western outskirts of Cairo, in hopes of preventing any outbreak of violence during anti-media protests planned for the day.

"Our peaceful protest aims at uncovering the lies of certain media figures and sending a message to the general public," one protester told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website.

Several Islamist groups began issuing calls on Saturday to stage protests outside the MPC against perceived bias in the media's coverage of Friday's clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in Cairo's Moqattam district.

 

El Ahram, via Aswat Masriya

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Egypt gives free hand to media, says minister

Egypt gives free hand to media, says minister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Addressing a session on ‘transformation of media in emerging democracies in the region,” Egyptian Minister of Information Salah Abdel Maqsoud said that the Islamist-led government had given a free hand to the media which has resulted in the establishment of several new television channels that are not favourable to the ruling party.

“Most of the new channels are controlled by private businessmen or remnants of the previous regime. Some journalists working with Egyptian television channels are now earning more than what Al Jazeera journalists are getting. There are journalists who earn more than 1m Egyptian pounds a year,” said Maqsoud. 

He said even in public media, majority of the shares — 65 percent — have been held by the opposition, while pro-government shares account for only 35 percent.

Reacting to complaints from the audience about the counter-revolutionary stance of many Egyptian TV channels, Masqoud said the government had no plans to control them.

“Let the world see how the Islamists are treating their opponents,” he said, while admitting that “many people are hurt  by press freedom in Egypt which they believe has crossed the limits.”

He added that a new media law will be enacted soon “that will guarantee free flow of information.” 

Mostafa Souag, Managing Director of Al Jazeera Arabic, wondered why the official media in Egypt were taking positions against the government. 

“Is this because the remnants of the old regime are controlling the media?” he asked, adding this is an issue that needs to be studied.

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David Hearst of the Guardian said that the revolutionary camp in Egypt remains split and two years after the revolution, the country was not able to form a stable government. 

He said despite the Arab Spring, serious human rights violations in some Gulf countries still go unreported.

Moroccan Minister of Information Mustafa Al Khalfi said that the Moroccan government was working on a new press law as part of political reforms in the country.

“Our view is that there should not be censorship on the media but violations of the law should be handled through courts,” said Al Khalfi.

The government has also proposed the establishment of an independent council to monitor the media.

He said currently there are 500 electronic media outlets in Morocco and no journalist is in prison.          

 

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/229496-egypt-gives-free-hand-to-media-says-minister.html

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Cabinet may reconsider ban on new satellite channels

Cabinet may reconsider ban on new satellite channels | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Cabinet is reconsidering the ban on issuing new permits for private satellite channels, state-run news agency MENA reported on Thursday.
Former Information Minister Osama Heikal had announced the ban in September 2011, following a decision made by the interim government headed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Heikal claimed that private satellite networks were igniting chaos.

During 2011, the broadcast of the Al Jazeera Masr satellite channel out of Cairo was halted when the military government claimed the channel was operating without the required licenses. Other private channels, such as Dream TV, were also affected by the resolution.

During a 6 March meeting, the Cabinet agreed to reconsider the ban at the request of Investment Minister Osama Saleh, who argued that new satellite channels are an important area of investment for the country.

However, MENA’s report contradicts statements published in the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm on Thursday. The latter paper reported that in Tuesday’s meeting with the Canadian-Egyptian Business Council, Saleh said that strict new laws would be issued to deter private channels from “spreading rumors that harm the economic interests of the country.”

Saleh accused such channels, which he did not name, of broadcasting false statements. He claimed these private channels allocate a large amount of their on-air time to shows addressing topics that foment chaos and destroy the country.

 

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/cabinet-may-reconsider-ban-new-satellite-channels

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« Medias arabes deux ans après les changements politiques »

« Medias arabes deux ans après les changements politiques » | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La première conférence-débat du Forum France-Egypte intitulée « Medias arabes deux ans après les changements politiques », se tiendra à l’Université du Caire, le mardi 26 février à 12h, à la Faculté d’Economie et de Sciences politiques (salle Sawiris).

Destinée à un public jeune, le débat verra la rencontre entre deux conférenciers, sur le thème des mutations des médias arabes depuis la révolution de janvier 2011. Yves Gonzalez-Quijano, maître de conférences à l’Université de Lyon 2 et spécialiste des nouveaux medias arabes numériques sera en conversation avecM. Hussein Abdel Ghani, ancien directeur d’AL Jazeera en Egypte.

Le modérateur sera Mme Nadia Abughazi, professeur de sciences politiques à l’Université du Caire.

Conférence en arabe avec traduction simultanée en français.

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2 - Mosireen, la vidéo au service du changement en Egypte

2 - Mosireen, la vidéo au service du changement en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Reportage au Caire cette semaine sur le collectif et média «populaire» Mosireen. L'Atelier des médias a rencontré Aalam Wassef. Plasticien, éditeur et blogueur, Aalam Wassef est co-fondateur Mosireen, dont la principale mission depuis deux ans est de récolter et produire des vidéos pour raconter et archiver la révolution.

 

Mosireen, en égyptien, signifie "déterminé". Et c'est bien la détermination qui caractérise le mieux l'action des membres de ce collectif qui a vu le jour en 2011. Ce projet s'est donné pour mission de couvrir et de créer une archive vivante du changement en Égypte, au moment de la révolution qui a entraîné la chute du dictateur Hosni Moubarak le 11 février 2011, après 30 ans de pouvoir.

 

Aalam Wassef est l'un des membres de Mosireen. L'homme a de multiples casquettes : artiste, éditeur ou encore blogueur - il a notamment tenu pendant quelques mois un blog sur Libération.fr, Cris d'Egypte - il s'est lancé dans le projet dès sa création, aux premiers jours de la révolution égyptienne.

 

Face aux silences des médias étatiques et de leurs satellites sur les violences faites aux citoyens égyptiens, Aalam et d'autres blogueurs engagés ont voulu récolter les témoignages de ce qui se passait réellement dans les rues du Caire.

"L'idée, c'était de faire entendre les voix que l'on entendait trop peu, la voix de la rue, du peuple, des gens qui perdaient leurs fils, leurs frères et leurs soeurs dans les manifestations et les affrontements avec la police."

 

A l'époque, comme aujourd'hui, il s'agit de donner une visibilité aux victimes de la répression et des violences policières que les médias d’État ne couvrent pas.

 

Plus: http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20130223-2-speciale-egypte-2-ans-apres-revolution

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Colloque " Nouveaux médias et journalisme au Moyen-Orient"

Colloque " Nouveaux médias et journalisme au Moyen-Orient" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Canal France International (CFI) et « Al Masri Al Youm » organisent au Caire du 20 au 22 février un colloque intitulé « Comment les nouveaux médias font évoluer le journalisme et l’information dans les pays du Moyen-Orient ? ». Il aura lieu à l’hôtel Sofitel Gezira.

Ce colloque s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet 4M, lancé par CFI en juin 2011 pour « accompagner ses partenaires dans l’évolution de leurs pratiques journalistiques face au développement des nouveaux médias ».

Professionnels, journalistes, blogueurs, entrepreneurs des médias, créateurs de start-ups et journalistes citoyens présenteront leurs expériences, leurs savoir-faire et leurs initiatives les plus récentes dans ce domaine.

Les trois journées seront organisées autour de conférences plénières et d’ateliers. Parmi les sujets qui seront abordés par les participants au 4M Le Caire : 
 Nouvelles pratiques du journalisme en ligne ; 
 L’entreprenariat : recherche d’un modèle économique viable ; 
 Journalisme local et technologies numériques.

CFI a lancé en 2011 le label 4M, série d’évènements où s’incarne la volonté de cette agence de coopération d’être un observateur attentif et un accompagnateur des nouveaux usages médiatiques apparus dans les pays du Sud grâce à l’internet. Cinq éditions se sont déjà tenues avec l’appui de partenaires locaux : Montpellier en juin 2011 et juin 2012, Tunis en janvier 2012, Belgrade en avril 2012, et Abidjan en novembre 2012.

 

Programme du colloque : http://www.ambafrance-eg.org/IMG/pdf/Programme_4M_Le_Caire.pdf

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Egyptian Chronicles: Another Bad Day for Media in Egypt : YouTube , Offensive cartoon and TV hosts to investigation

Egyptian Chronicles: Another Bad Day for Media in Egypt : YouTube , Offensive cartoon and TV hosts to investigation | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Who could ever think for one second that media in Egypt will suffer like this after the revolution !? Well I admit I did not think even for one moment.(…)

Al Masry Al Youm has officially apologized  for the daring cover of Assyasy Magazine "The Politician magazine" latest issue.
Here is the daring cover which is the product of famous revolutionary cartoonist Ahmed Nady.

 

The cover shows those who signed Al Azhar document to denounce violence completely naked and in their hands wine glasses and in the back Mohamed Morsi tells a strong and enormous CSF officer to act as he wants as there is no more political cover for the protesters

Many activists criticized the political activists and parties participated in the document accusing them of dumping the protesters alone facing the police violence.


This is the first time the Sheikh of Al Azhar and the Church representative are  being shown naked like that.

According to Ahmed Nady , the cartoonist he got a tip that Al Masry Al Youm administration has decided to pull the issue from the market after it got an objection from the Church on how a church man would appear like that in a cartoon on cover of a magazine. I believe this is one of the best magazine covers in Egypt from many many years ago. It broke many taboos yet unfortunately it seems that administration of Al Masry Al Youm does not want to break any taboos anymore. (...)

 

More on: http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.be/2013/02/another-bad-day-for-media-in-egypt.html#more

 

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Egypt’s Prosecutor General Sets Bail At EGP 5.000 Against Dina Abdel Fattah

Egypt’s Prosecutor General Sets Bail At EGP 5.000 Against Dina Abdel Fattah | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Investigations held by Egypt’s Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah with TV presenter Dina Abdel Fattah along with Khairy Hussein over the black bloc case has resulting in setting a bail at EGP 5.000 thousand.  Dina Abdel Fattah - TV presenter of the talk show Al Shaab Yoreed (People Want) and Editor-In-Chief of economic magazine Amwal Al Ghad, refused to pay for the bail amid concerns over being put in jail.

Egypt’s Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah has started on Sunday the investigations with Dina Abdel Fattah and Kahiry Hassan - TV program preparer and journalist at Akhbar El Youm.

 

It is worth noting that  Dina Abdel Fattah and Khairy Hussein have been summoned to appear at the Prosecutor General's office on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to be questioned on the lawsuit no. 1574 for 2013 filed against them for allegedly supporting terrorism by hosting some members of the Black Bloc Groups in the TV talk show;

 

Many human rights organizations as well as journalists and media syndicates have announced their solidarity with Dina Abdel Fattah. A number of lawyers have also volunteered to defend the TV presenter against the lawsuits filed against her, affirming that summoning her by the Prosecutor General violates the freedom of expression ensured by the Constitution.

 

More on: http://amwalalghad.com/en/news/egypt-news/14271-egypts-prosecutor-general-sets-bail-at-egp-5000-against-dina-abdel-fattah.html

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La "spirale descendante" de la liberté des médias en Egypte

La "spirale descendante" de la liberté des médias en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The terms “banned” and “terrorist” are once again affixed to mention of the Muslim Brotherhood in nearly all Egyptian media. State and private media alike tout themilitary-backed government’s lines. Newspapers and talk shows on TV, Egypt’s most popular medium, extol the military for reclaiming the revolution and sinisterly warn against traitors who dissent. All news and opposing views are vilified as pro-Brotherhood—and therefore dangerous. 

It is no surprise that Egyptian media largely heralded the military’s assent and stayed silent as it cracked down on the Brotherhood and opposition voices: for decades, a toxic mix of political and economic interests have stifled the development of, and respect for, the mechanisms for independent and transparent media. Now, as Egypt passes the three-year mark since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in 2011, many are bracing for how far this latest crackdown on media freedoms can go. 

 “We are in a downward spiral,” American University of Cairo Mass Communications Professor Rasha Abdulla said by phone from Cairo. “We are back to where we were under the Mubarak era, but now with the support of the masses.”   

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The Muslim Brotherhood's War on Egyptian Media

The Muslim Brotherhood's War on Egyptian Media | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

According to Shukrallah, the events at Media City reflected the determination of the Brotherhood and its allies to exert at least as much control over private media as over state-run institutions likeAl Ahram. The criminal investigation launched in January against Bassem Youssef, a comedian known as the Egyptian Jon Stewart, who has grown famous for his satirical portrayals of Islamists including Morsi, is another example Shukrallah cited as evidence of the government’s authoritarian impulses. This month, Youssef was accused of defaming Morsi in a new lawsuit filed by Brotherhood supporters who claimed they were “psychologically affected by this nonsense, ridicule and slander addressed to the head of state.”


The Nation

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Qatar Foreign Minister criticises Egyptian media

Qatar Foreign Minister criticises Egyptian media | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani said that a number of Egyptian media outlets received funds to pit the public against Qatar. He did not specify the source of these funds.

Al-Thani’s statements came in a joint press conference with the Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Al-Araby on Tuesday at the end of the Arab summit in Doha, reported Anadolu Agency.

Al-Thani said he was surprised by media statements regarding Qatari support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, but that he trusted the intellectual abilities of the Egyptian people.

He explained that Qatar had offered $2bn in aid to Egypt during the rule of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces before President Mohamed Morsi came to power in June.

 

Nouran El-Behairy | Daily news Egypt

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Les médias égyptiens, cible des Frères musulmans au Caire

Les médias égyptiens, cible des Frères musulmans au Caire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

En Egypte, la confrontation entre les Frères musulmans au pouvoir et l’opposition a franchi une nouvelle étape. Au lendemain de menaces formulées par le président Morsi, le procureur général a lancé un mandat d’arrêt contre cinq membres éminents de l’opposition. Parallèlement, des centaines d’islamistes assiégeaient la Cité des médias, abritant plusieurs chaînes de télévision indépendantes.

 

Avec notre correspondant au Caire, Alexandre Buccianti

« Je n’hésiterai pas à sacrifier quelques uns pour l’intérêt de l’Egypte », avait déclaré le président Morsi dimanche dans un discours où il menaçait l’opposition et les médias. Une colère due aux violents accrochages vendredi entre opposants et islamistes autour du quartier général des Frères musulmans sur la colline du Mokattam au Caire.

Ce discours a été suivi par la fermeture de la Cité des médias par des manifestants islamistes qui ont agressé de nombreux cameramen, journalistes, présentateurs et invités de chaînes de télévision privées

 

Plus: http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20130326-egypte-medias-cible-freres-musulmans-morsi

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Update: Protests renew at Media City amid government condemnation

Update: Protests renew at Media City amid government condemnation | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hundreds of Islamist protesters returned to Media Production City Monday to continue surrounding the facilities after earlier leaving the area.

Altercations between protesters and reporters broke out at the city’s fourth gate as 20 Central Security Forces teams and 14 armored vehicles were deployed to secure the facility and employees within.

Salafi former MP Mamdouh Ismail was among those joining the protest, saying that "the sit-in shall be the launch of a wide-scale revolution that would tour all Egyptian squares," he said.

The renewed protests came as the government condemned previous protests that took place at the Media Production City on Sunday. 

Cabinet spokesperson Alaa al-Hadidy said in press statements on Monday that "assaulting city workers and blocking their entry to, and exit from, their workplace is an unacceptable action that is not in line with the right way to voice a different point of view," adding that such actions distort the image of the Egyptian revolution.

 

Egypt independent

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Islamists call for media city siege

Islamists call for media city siege | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Islamist groups and figures are calling on their supporters to surround the Egyptian Media Production City on Sunday in response to the Friday clashes in front of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Moqattam.

Salafi preacher and Al-Raya Party leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail posted on his Facebook page a call for protests at the Media City, where most satellite television station studios are housed, as well as “peacefully laying siege” to liberal parties’ headquarters and the houses of liberal opposition leaders.

 

Ahmed Aboul Enein / Daily news Egypt

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/23/islamists-call-for-media-city-siege/

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Breaking the news mold: Egypt’s community media gains a much-needed voice

Breaking the news mold: Egypt’s community media gains a much-needed voice | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

When major clashes in areas like Mansoura or Port Said break out, the Egyptian and international press descend upon the city for momentary coverage before retreating back to the capital.

At other times, events of a smaller scale often garner little, if any, media attention. But since the 2011 uprising, a new wave of community media has been trying to broaden the Cairo-centric cycle of Egyptian media through innovative local newspapers, Internet news sites, online radio and YouTube channels.

“There are so many stories to be told that are not told because of the centralized method with which we produce news in Egypt,” says Fatemah Farag, director of Sahafet Welad Elbalad, a media company she founded in 2011 to help develop localized, community-focused media.

“I think that the problem with local news in Egypt is not that people don’t want it, it’s just that it’s been [in the past] really bad. That’s what people don’t want,” she adds.

In fact, several mainstream newspapers have tried to produce local editions for their brands, but ended up closing these editions as they did not manage to attract readers.

Sahafet Welad Elbalad has so far set up weekly newspapers in Alexandria, Dishna, Mansoura, Fayoum, Nagaa Hammadi and Marsa Matrouh, with two more opening in Beni Suef and Luxor.

Reporting using different mediums from large cities such as Mansoura to rural areas such as Assiut and marginalized regions like Sinai, the leaders of these new community media initiatives are generally young, motivated and often working for free. They cite their work as part of the larger struggle to give a voice to the people in a revolutionizing Egypt.

Following decades of local media neglect and underdevelopment, these new initiatives also face an array of financial, legal, technical and conceptual challenges. They are also confronting traditional notions of journalism and media directionality.

Within the general mission to empower community media, some define themselves as professional journalists focused on the non-biased collection and dissemination of information. Others characterize their work using contemporary catchphrases such as citizen journalism and alternative media, pushing forward certain agendas or focusing on specific issues.

“Post-revolution, for many, [the growth of media outlets] is not seen as a problem because so many joined the field,” says Ali Shaath, whose organization, the Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF), helps support alternative media initiatives.

 

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/breaking-news-mold-egypt-s-community-media-gains-much-needed-voice

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Police attack on TV crew 'unacceptable,' says channel director

Police attack on TV crew 'unacceptable,' says channel director | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 police attack on a television crew from the privately-owned channel CBC on Monday is “unacceptable, said the channels director, who said the crew was attacked while they were covering clashes between protestors and security forces on the Nile Corniche.

Mohamed Hany said that the crew, of the talk show “Zay al-Shams” was assaulted by police near the Qasr al-Nil bridge.

Hany said that their camera was taken and a cameramen was severely beaten by security personnel. The crew filed a report at the Qasr al-Nil police station.

“Media is respected everywhere across the globe. Media professionals are no important than soldiers who face confrontations anywhere.”

“The camera will be replaced, but the problem is the beating of one of the crew,” he said.

This text is from El-Masry El Youm

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The readers' editor on… interpreting social media reports from Egypt

The readers' editor on… interpreting social media reports from Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As violence returned to Cairo's Tahrir square last autumn, social media were once again the forum for every side to rally support and lay out their version of events.

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are the weapons of choice in the war to win hearts and minds.

 

But it can be a bewildering tide of data for even the most perceptive and experienced observers. Thickets of text and images ensnare the unwary and lead to instant challenge in a region not short of ideological divides.(...)

 

Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and occasional Guardian commentator. In the wake of the violence she was critical of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

She wrote: "It was expected that hundreds of thousands would protest. What was not expected was that they would be attacked by gangs of militia-style Muslim Brothers armed with sticks, knives and guns. Or that the leadership of the Brotherhood would declare: our (Brotherhood) dead are in heaven, their (protester) dead are in hell. That the supreme guide would claim, on TV, that the bandaged young man in a poster behind him was a slain Muslim Brother when he was, in fact, Ahmad Feisal, an injured protester. Or that the Brotherhood would have groups in the morgue trying to appropriate the bodies of the murdered and give them Brotherhood funerals – as in the testimony of victim Muhammad al-Senussi's brother … And what about Karam Guirguis, an Egyptian Copt?"

 

Her final paragraph referred to a video that allegedly connected "a huge bearded man pushing his hand against the mouth of a woman protester" with President Morsi. She wrote: "You'll find the same man in a formal photograph in a semicircle gathered around the president."

Egypt-actus's insight:

There were two substantial complaints about the six incidents referred to in the article, four of which were linked to YouTube film. The complainants not only challenged the interpretation of the YouTube videos but suggested that later evidence available on the web and in the Arab press had either successfully debunked the early version of events or put a question mark over them.

 

I regret the time it took to investigate these complaints but the wealth of material – much of it in Arabic, which had to be independently translated – was in itself part of the problem. I found in favour of two of the complaints.(...)

 

As the Egyptians say, the revolution continues; social media appears to be at least as powerful as a tank regiment for all groups, and a lot faster and more manoeuvrable.

 

The Egyptian president, like his army, has a Facebook page on which he announces major changes in policy, such as his decision to rescind a plan for higher taxes in a 2am post. George Osborne, take note.

 

But the danger for journalists covering events is social media's ability to distort as well as reflect.

 

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1 - Liberté, menaces et autocensure: les défis de la presse en Egypte

1 - Liberté, menaces et autocensure: les défis de la presse en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

L’Atelier des médias a rencontré une journaliste et un spécialiste des médias en Egypte pour dresser un état des lieux de la presse deux ans après la chute de Hosni Moubarak. Les sujets d'inquiétudes restent nombreux même si certains acquis sont indiscutables.

 

Il y a deux ans, la rue égyptienne venait à bout, en quelques jours, d'une des dictatures les plus anciennes et les plus corrompues du monde arabe. Un vent de liberté et d'espoir soufflait sur le Caire, Alexandrie, Port Said et l'ensemble du pays. Un vent d'espoir immédiatement tempéré par les réalités du terrain, le pouvoir des militaires, les violences intercommunautaires, la monté des partis religieux.

 

Deux ans après, l'incertitude et les inquiétudes demeurent. L'exécutif, et particulièrement le Président frère musulman Mohamed Morsi, a montré des tentations de pouvoir sans partage. Les violences et comportements dégradants de la police continuent et sont dénoncés grâce à des vidéos amateurs.


Les affrontement récents d'une violence inouïe à Port Said ont même poussé certains spécialistes à s'interroger un moment sur l'éventualité d'une guerre civile.

 

Du point de vue des libertés, le tableau est également plein d'interrogations. Il y a quelques jours un juge a décidé d'interdire l'accès à Youtube, le site de partage vidéo, pendant un mois pour avoir diffusé le film Innocence of muslims. Une décision contestée, probablement inapplicable, mais inquiétante tout de même. L'Egypte de Moubarak n'était pas l'état le plus fermé du monde arabe en termes de liberté d'expression. Il y avait une presse dynamique, des espaces d'expression libre mais aussi un certain nombre de lignes rouges infranchissables : le président, sa famille, les forces de l'ordre, la corruption des puissants etc. A-t-on évolué de ce point de vue? Y a-t-il encore des tabous? De nouvelles lignes rouges?

 

Egypt-actus's insight:

Cette semaine, l'Atelier était au Caire, en Egypte pour une émission spéciale. Nous profitons de l'organisation du Forum 4M par Canal France International (CFI). Les forums 4M réunissent depuis deux ans des acteurs des médias pour s'interroger sur le journalisme face aux enjeux numériques. 4 M pour média, Méditerranée mutations et Montpellier la ville où est née cette conférence nomade.

 

Plus: http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20130223-1-egypte-2-ans-apres-revolution

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Fresh blow to media plurality as Egypt Independent announces closure

Fresh blow to media plurality as Egypt Independent announces closure | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egypt Independent, an Egyptian weekly newspaper published in English by Al-Masry Al-Youm news organisation, has been told their publication will shut down. Its news website will also close.

"We have been notified by Al-Masry Al-Youm's management that our newspaper can no longer continue to exist due to financial losses sustained by the organisation last year," reads the statement published by the Egypt Independent team on Facebook on Sunday.

 

In an effort to challenge the decision issued by Al-Masry Al-Youm's management, which dubbed the hasty closure decision "final," the newspaper's team has put forward several "cost-cutting and revenue-generating measures."

 

Among these, the team has been promoting their subscriptions service in part by creating a Facebook event to encourage their readers to subscribe to their 52-annual print issues.

 

More on: http://www.albawaba.com/business/egypt-independed-471477

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ANHRI denounces assaulting the staff of “Egypt 25 channel” and holds the authorities and the political forces responsible for the protecting media-outlets during the protests

ANHRI denounces assaulting the staff of “Egypt 25 channel” and holds the authorities and the political forces responsible for the protecting media-outlets during the protests | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces today the assault on the staff of “Egypt 25” by unknown people during performing their job and media covering the Friday of dignity in Tahrir square, held them and ban them from continuing the live broadcast from Tahrir and confiscation of their equipments.

The correspondent “Ahmed Abdualeem” was surprised during the media-coverage of the demonstration on last Friday, when unknown person, his voice appears live, demanded from the staff of the channel to show their identities and forced them to shutdown the camera in addition to stop broadcasting, as he said “it is banned fro Egypt 25 channel which belongs to MB to broadcast from Tharir”, without having any capacity to do that. Then he and who were with him, held the staff and confiscated their equipments before they give it back to them after paying an amount of “3500 EGP about “650 USD” according to the correspondent of the channel.

ANHRI expressed its severe disturbance to the persistent of involving the media-outlets in the political conflicts that are going on between the various forces and repeating the assaults on the media-professionals and satellite channels during performing their job. As the media-outlets must work freely and independently, in a secure climate, without any control from the opposition or the authorities.

 

More on:  http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=11215

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