Egypt slams the BBC for its ‘insulting’ anti government report

Protests are effectively outlawed in Egypt and authorities last year adopted a law to clamp down on social media.
Egyptian President Abdel fattah al-Sisi chairs the final session of the first joint European Union and Arab League summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, on February 25, 2019. – European and Arab leaders called for joint solutions to Middle East conflicts destabilising both regions while one cautioned Monday against raising utopian expectations from their first-ever summit. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)

Egypt’s foreign media body on Sunday slammed the BBC over an “insulting” article which highlighted online calls for protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

BBC Arabic published a report at the weekend on a widely shared anti-Sisi hashtag — “Don’t worry, you’re not alone” — which called for demonstrations against the president.

Protests are effectively outlawed in Egypt and authorities last year adopted a law to clamp down on social media.

The BBC’s coverage was branded “insulting” by the State Information Service, accusing the broadcaster of inciting “violence” and being a “propaganda tool” for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The report “breaches the most basic codes of conduct… fabricating events that never took place,” SIS said in a statement.

Your Friends Also Read:  Equatorial Guinea sack finance minister for 'irregularities'

It urged “all officials and Egyptian intellectuals” to boycott the BBC until the broadcast apologises.

BBC’s Cairo bureau chief Safaa Faisal told AFP on Sunday her office was “aware of the complaint now and we will engage positively.”

A BBC spokesperson in London earlier said “to our knowledge we are fully compliant” with SIS regulations.

Also on Sunday, Egypt’s top media body said it was looking into complaints about the broadcaster.

They relate to “fabricated videos and lies it transmitted from social media networks,” the Supreme Council for Media Regulation said.

Ahmed Moussa, a staunch Sisi supporter and TV host, called for the BBC bureau’s closure during his show on the Sada el-Balad channel.

Your Friends Also Read:  Ramaphosa Signs Party Funding Act

Last year, the BBC came under fierce criticism from authorities over a report which detailed numerous allegations of people being “jailed, tortured or disappeared” in Egypt.

The broadcaster stood by its report, which presented similar claims of abuse under the Sisi administration to those detailed by rights groups.

One of the interviewees was accused by authorities of spreading “false statements” and jailed, after telling the BBC her daughter had been forcibly disappeared.

The daughter appeared on a local television show saying she had run away from her mother, married and had a child.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.
Your Friends Also Read:  Kenya Gets Six-Month Debt Relief



Leave a Reply

Previous Article

South Africa defeats Libya 2-1 to qualify for 2019 AFCON

Next Article

PHOTO STORY: Holi, a hindu festival celebrated in Dakar

Related Posts
Powered by Live Score & Live Score App