Luke 17:28-30 “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built” but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Groups of people interested in human rights are complaining about the new Islamic government clamping down on any media that is critical of the Muslim Brotherhood agendas in Egypt.
A television station was just closed down for 45 days and threatened that its closure could be extended permanently. Authorities have also stopped the production at an Egyptian newspaper and issued a travel ban on its editor and chief. An Egyptian Prosecutor is sending the owner of the television channel and the newspaper editor to trial in a criminal court on charges of insulting President Morsi, spreading rumors and provoking violence.
Eighteen different rights groups put out this joint statement; “We note that these attacks have come at the same time as statements from the president’s office and from leaders of the Freedom and Justice party (the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood) which have warned against criticizing the president. These statements implicitly give a green light to attacks against media freedom using legal and security methods.”
It was reported that the television host, Mr. Okasha had a hostile attitude toward Islamists and has outraged army officials as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. Okasha has been warning of impending upheaval because of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political supremacy.
Last week a mob of Brotherhood supporters attacked Mr. Khaled Salah, the editor of al-Youm al-Sabei Newspaper, because he was critical of the president. The violent confrontation happened outside the television studios near Cairo.
Journalists and others are gravely concerned over the freedom of the press in Egypt under this new Islamic regime.
Mohsen Rady, a Brotherhood official announced that “Members of the public have filed complaints against a libelous channel and newspaper and the prosecutor took action. We are opposed to closure and confiscation even if a media outlet is hostile to us, but we support holding accountable those who make mistakes.”
There have also been many changes recently involving senior editorial staff of over 55 media organizations owned by the Egyptian state and countless journalists are becoming increasingly exasperated by the Muslim Brotherhood’s pressure. The new Islamic dominated parliament made new appointments within the different media organizations in the face of journalistic objections. It was claimed the new editors-in-chiefs do not have the proper professional credentials for such posts.
The state media in Egypt has traditionally functioned as a spokesman for whoever is in power. Even though some criticism of the ruling establishment was permitted, editors had to show that they were loyal by publishing pieces praising presidential decisions. The main difference seems to be that at least under the old Mubarak regime, professionalism and administrative skills were required.