Tagged with Journalism

Friday Prayers for Egypt: BBC, Insurance

Friday Prayers for Egypt: BBC, Insurance

God, Much of life depends on trust. Trust is based on credibility. Credibility comes from faithfulness. Speaking truth or demonstrating care, guard this deposit in Egypt. The BBC published a report on widespread torture and forced disappearances. The authorities balked, saying sources are biased – and perhaps the BBC itself. Later, a ‘disappeared’ woman appeared … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Dishonor

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Dishonor

God, All life is precious, all that exists. Even in death you care for their life. But those that never existed? What then if they did? Last week sixteen policemen were killed in a shootout with terrorists. Foreign news agencies put the death toll much higher, relying on unnamed security sources. Egypt reacted angrily, and … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

God, To some degree, dramatic events were more of the same. For good or for ill, some may well carry forward, some must irrevocably stop. Judge rightly, God, and guide Egypt to your judgment. Coptic families were gunned down on an outing to a monastery. Websites were blocked in a dispute over content and orientation. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

  God, Men will always defend their turf. But doing so can shake the whole. Make Egypt more than the sum of her parts. Being her together in consensus with all. The state has proposed an agricultural investment project in the underdeveloped areas of the south. But doing so sells off the land of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

God, So much in Egypt is zero sum. Nullify correctly, or change the equation. During recent protests over the Red Sea islands, several journalists were arrested. Many were quickly released. But when police entered the syndicate to arrest two journalists staging a sit-in, the majority believe a line was crossed. Police had a warrant, but … Continue reading

The Transitive Property of Journalism Principle

The Transitive Property of Journalism Principle

Double standards are human nature, but seem also to be evident among some of Egypt’s journalists. Consider these two articles from Ahram Online. Two weeks ago President Sisi made a speech in which he criticized the media: “I heard a media personality saying that the president was holding talks with representatives of foreign companies while … Continue reading

How Dubious are Egyptians?

How Dubious are Egyptians?

Last week I highlighted a poor op-ed from the Washington Post. This article from the New York Times is better, but its headline is well, dubious. Egyptians do thrive on conspiracy theory, though they should be accorded a degree of sympathy given the troubles and outside influences on their region. Now, writing a headline is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Media Mayhem

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Media Mayhem

God, Western press jumps on Egypt and local press scowls back. A local anchor demands the president keep the state accountable gets herself suspended. A local investigative journalist spends 48 hours in military detention. A local media magnate has his assets frozen under a cocktail of unclear charges. Western press paints a crisis and local … Continue reading

Egyptian Journalists on Censorship and Support

Egyptian Journalists on Censorship and Support

This Guardian article contains explosively frank quotes from leading Egyptian media personalities, about how they openly support the regime and seek to sway public opinion. Here is a sample: “I would say anything the military tells me to say out of duty and respect for the institution,” says Ahmed Moussa, one of the most popular … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalism, Minus

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalism, Minus

God, Help Egypt know the truth about herself. Help her know the truth about her region. Give her good journalists of good conscience, with the freedom to do their job well. A prominent NGO has said Egypt has jailed more journalists than ever before. The state replies all are held on non-press issues. A prominent … Continue reading

Reporting on Kerdasa

Reporting on Kerdasa

Here is a recent report from Reuters, showing the difficulty in covering Egypt well. Kudos for going there, but we can only trust the journalist for his/her impressions. The pronoun is not specified, as he/she requested anonymity. The fear, likely, is of covering anti-regime sentiment. The question is if he/she covered it well. The brief … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Narratives

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Narratives

God, In all that happened this week in Egypt, the impression is not nearly as strong as that received from summer catch-up. First I read the news, largely from Egyptian sources. One could not be happier for the progress in the country. But then I read the analysis, largely from Western sources. One could not … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jazeera Journalism

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jazeera Journalism

God, Journalism is a difficult job, largely dependent on the conscience of the journalist. But not far removed is the outlet that pays the bills. Equidistant is the government which grants the credentials. For all plying this trade in Egypt, God, give them grace, courage, humility, and discernment. Show them what stories to tell. Find … Continue reading

Surveying Foreign Christian Residents in Egypt on the Interpretation of Political Events

Surveying Foreign Christian Residents in Egypt on the Interpretation of Political Events

In Egypt’s current political struggle both sides are using the media to highlight their interpretation of events. State media is accused of turning the nation against the democratically elected president and his backers in the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, anti-Islamists target Western media in particular of having a bias toward the Brotherhood, against the military, and … Continue reading

Video: Hypocrisy, Honor, and the Egyptian Media

Though Islamists currently govern Egypt, they often behave as if they are still an oppressed minority subject to endless conspiracies. Among their chief targets of complaint is the independent media. Here, they have a point. Riham Said receives a prominent Islamist lawyer, Sheikh Youssef al-Badri, on her show and proceeds to bait and berate him … Continue reading

New Feature: Arabic and Analysis

New Feature: Arabic and Analysis

In our last post I described our hope to provide readers with an easy way to access the Egyptian news, and gave a preview of trying to do the same with Arabic language links. Well, perhaps encouraged by the relative ease of getting the English links online, I got all excited and gave analysis links … Continue reading

New Feature: News Links

New Feature: News Links

An Egyptian friend of mine, Paul Attallah, provides a near-daily service of linking to the major news headlines pertaining to Egypt. He also provides his own commentary, which tends towards suspicion of the post-revolution transition and the ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood. The thoughts and links are his own, but they provide both a good … Continue reading