President Morsi has taken both the military and the media out of his way. There’s nothing to stop the Brotherhood now.
A controversy has erupted over the appointment of Islamist editors for Egypt’s state-run media, reports Al-Masri Al-Youm‘s English language website, the Egypt Independent. The move allows Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to translate political dominance to media monopolization, a development that many journalists protested in Cairo last month.
State-run Al-Ahram printed the list of new editors without comment, provoking outrage at independent papers. They included: Abdel Naser Salama for Al-Ahram, Mohamed Hassan al-Bana for Akhbar Al-Youm, Suleiman Qenawy for Al-Akhbar, Gamal Abdel Raheem for Al-Gomhurriya, Shaker Gamal Eddin for the Middle East News Agency (MENA), and Essam Abdel Aziz for Rose al-Youssef magazine. The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice News, called the shuffle “National papers in a new dress.”
Independent papers Youm7, Al-Watan, and Al-Tahrir responded by printing mostly blank editorial pages, while only the words “in protest of the Brotherhood’s attempts to control press and media.” Independent paper Al-Shorouk called for the formation of a private media bloc to confront the MB. Privately owned daily Al-Dostour reported on a protest Wednesday outside of Egypt’s parliamentary Shura Council, calling for the removal of the new editors and the resignation of the MB-affiliated head of the Journalists’ Syndicate.