Best of Egyptian Media Propaganda

One the many failures of the Egyptian regime has been its state media. Never mind that we have press laws that restrict the freedom of the independent (or rather striving to be independent) media. The state owned media, and it’s private extentions such as the Mehwar Channel, were completely used as propaganda machines telling lies to the Egyptian public. As this was just the norm, only the very extreme cases of ridiculousness stood out. Here are the awards for the most “creative” ones the government tried to pass in my opinion:

– The “Kollohom beyetkalemo English language” Crying Tamer on Nile News

This was the hilarious guy who allegedly just escaped from the vicious place of Tahrir Square where everyone speaks English and get them to make flyers. He cries that the people in Tahrir are not “us”. He has a fear of slogans, and suffers from some sort of breathing disorder. The anchor is pretending to be really concerned and can’t believe the ordeal this kid went through.

 

– The “They are all gay and humping” guy on Masriya TV

This guy is one of the protesters who was inside. Claims there are tents, blankets and meals for everyone. He refers to the fact that there are religious preachers inside brainwashing people and that the opposition groups and Muslim Brotherhood are riding the wave of the 25 of Jan youth. Apparently all the people in Tahrir Square still fighting for our rights are cowards and he’s the hero. He starts by saying people are gay there. The presenter pretends to try to stop him from making judgements, then talks about how Suleiman is awesome and is meeting with the Jan 25 youth. Oh yeah, the regular favourites of course: Foreigners are trying to cause chaos, protests are causing the country to be at a hault and the government is changing everything over night into a full on democracy because life is pink.

 

– The “Aljazeera, the Jews and Pandas are training Egyptian youth to cause chaos” on Mehwer TV

Who can forget the beautiful Shaimaa, who we couldn’t really see for her own safety of course, who told us about her paid trips to the US where she was trained on “How to overthrow dictators”. Apparently she also recieved a second training in Qatar, delivered by Israelis (Aljazeera and the Jews in one combo, nice ha?). She insists (by saying it 5 times) that she was trained along side the Muslim Brotherhood Youth movement. Blame the foreigners! All the foreigners are conspiring against us, because we’re well, awesome.

Who is prosecuting those two journalists and everyone involved in Mehwer TV? I’d like to know.

 

– The “Mubarak is our father and Foreigners are conspiring against us” on Mehwar TV

This one is a political activist who apparently received training all over the world with an organisation that is American-Israeli-Zionist working with the CIA and Mosaad (who else?). According to this one they were training them on how to peacefully bring down a regime by burning government buildings and scaring the police force. Of course she now changed her mind and joined the three million pro-Mubarak protesters (haha) telling Mubarak “We are sorry ya Baba”. Oh yeah, and all the Egyptian youth political movements are working with Hamas.

Favourite quote by the presenters “Egypt is not Tunisia, and Mubarak is not Ben Ali”

 

So the Egyptian government attempted to blame: The Muslim Brotherhood, political opposition parties, Mosaad, The US, Iran, Hamas, Qatar, Aljazeera and according to Egypt’s most trusted news source El Koshary Today: Koala bears. But themselves and their corruption, brutality and inhumane detentions for causing the first grassroots revolution in the history of the country, no way.

Then suddenly, with a magic wand, Egyptian TV suddenly calls the protesters “heroes” not zionist brainwashed crazy people and reports on the millions in Tahrir. They had to do that after Wael Ghoneim, one of the people who started a grass-roots initative on January 25th was released and appeared on Dream TV telling the story of his 12 day detention along with how him and a few youth raising awareness about the Khaled Said case called for the protests on January 25th. Also, when two Senior reporters from Nile TV quit and went on air with inside information about the “Propaganda Machine”. When the public that they were trying to hide the truth from understood their lies, they needed to change their tone, agenda and content to attempt to prove they are credible. Too late though.

Let’s not forget, that the media is still under the Ministry of Media, which is part of the regime. Even if Mubarak is not there, even if Anas El Fekki, the minister of Media, resigned, this institution is full of so much corruption and personal agendas that even if they changed their stance, it does not mean we should trust them. We will not trust our media until it is cleaned of the corruption of many of those inside it and till it is an independent institution not bound by press laws or under any governmental supervision. We are at a crucial point where we need to question everything, until we live in a democratic, just country with honest media.

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The big picture: We are all part of the revolution

As we were stopped yesterday in one of the citizen check points, asked for our IDs and car license, we were also asked an important question “Are you going to Tahrir?” we had actually just came back from Tahrir and were going home. My friend asked them humorously “Why? You don’t send people to Tahrir?”. He replied “Not from here, we want people to stop going to Tahrir”.

This incident has been repeated often during the past days. It seems Egypt has been split into two camps. Those who want to settle for the status quo, and those who want to continue with overthrowing the government. There is a fake third camp that the government is trying to pass as real, and those are the pro-mubarak protesters who go attack foreigners, pro-democracy protesters and journalists. There has been proof that most of these people are either paid or are part of the police force. Which is why I won’t even mention this fake third camp that was created for the purposes of terror and propaganda.

The issue we are facing now, is that the government cleverly used two factors to split the Egyptian people. The first tactic they used was terror. On Friday January 28th, the entire police force was taken off the streets. Even though the issue was only with the Central Security Forces that were attacking protesters with expired teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Then on Friday night and Saturday they released thugs and looters to steal and attack businesses, the museum and houses. At this point they called on civilians to help the army in protecting their neighbourhoods by organising vigilante groups that set up check points during curfew. The more time these vigilante groups were out of the streets, with thugs attacking them or their friends in other neighbourhoods, the more terror and unrest spread on Egyptian streets and Egyptian households.

 

Expired tear gas thrown at protesters

The other tactic the government used was media propaganda. For those stuck in their houses while the country is at a stand still and under curfew, the government has been feeding everyone through state TV with nationalist ideas of how we need to save Egypt from falling and that the only way to save it is that the current regime, headed by Mubarak, stays in power and they change some ministers. All channels have an Egyptian flag urging people to protect Egypt, and all the interviews they do are with government officials or people who support them. They disseminate false information about the status of the protests in Tahrir. Since our government still lives in the 20th century, here is what the government did to make sure people didn’t get information from other sources:

  • Once they realised that people were watching and trusting a channel like Aljazeera Arabic, they shut it down. They also not only closed, but also raided, their Cairo office and continue to give their journalists a hard time.
  • On thursday, they started to intimidate Egyptian bloggers and foreign journalists by detaining them for a few hours, confiscating their equipment, and trying to convince people that they are conspiring against the national security of the country.

As they continue using these methods to mobilize information to their advantage and tell the Egyptian public whatever they want. Here is a list of the best things they came up with:

  • Zionists and Americans trained the Egyptian youth to organise this protest to cause a stir in the country and threaten it’s national security
  • The Muslim brotherhood are the ones behind these protests so they can gain control of the country and turn it into Iran
  • Youth in Tahrir are being brainwashed by the opposition
  • Baradei gives everyone one hundred euros and a KFC meal to go to Tahrir
  • Pro-Mubarak protesters are more than pro-democracy protests

Here is a video a group of friends made in Tahrir making fun of the first conspiracy theory the government is trying to pass about Foreign agendas:

Note: Two reporters from state run Nile TV resigned their posts this week. One of them, Shahira Amin, said they were instructed to only air the pro-mubarak protests and say nothing about Tahrir. She preffered to go to Tahrir than stay at this job.

The government, by using these two tactics: terror and media propaganda, managed to semi-successfully split us into two groups of people: those who protest in Tahrir and are hindering the economy of the country and those who are staying home or protecting their neighbourhoods. The people in Tahrir are there because they have a vision of what this country can be and they know that if they keep applying pressure we’ll get closer to it. Many of the people I talked to were willing to leave Tahrir after the president’s speech on Tuesday. However, after the attack from the pro-Mubarak hired thugs on Wednesday, they knew they couldn’t leave until this government is gone.

What we need to realise as a nation, is that we all have the same goal. We all want to choose our leaders. We all want freedom of speech. We all don’t want to live under emergency law. We all want a parliment that actually represents us. We all want our human rights. We all want to see Egypt develop. This is a people’s revolution. Even if you are not in Tahrir protesting, you are part of the revolution. We have a group of people in Tahrir protesting on behalf of the rest. We have the youth organising the traffic, the youth staying up all night protecting different neighbourhoods. We have youth active online getting our voices heard, the youth cleaning the streets. We have the people organising all kinds of donations from food, medical supplies and even blood donation. We’re all taking active roles. We’re all in revolt.

Revolutions take time. They require some economical sacrifices. It’s a tough time. It’s easy to blame it on the people still in Tahrir. Let’s remember though that it was the government’s choice to have a curfew. It was the government that took the police force off the street. It was the government that took away the internet, mobiles and SMS. It was the government who released the prisoners. It was policemen and paid thugs who attacked our businesses, houses and protesters in Tahrir. It was the police forces and thugs that killed the people who died during the past days.

What’s crutial though is that we are all part of this movement. This movement awakened something in every Egyptian. When the revolution succeeds, we will all take care of our streets, our country and each other. After all this effort we will work harder because we will know that our effort will be for the common good, not going in the pockets of some corrupt regime.

Egypt will never be the same after January 25th 2011. Imagine how it can be when we overthrow these people who oppressed us?

 

Down with the Mubaraks

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