Egypt Takes Al Jazeera Off the Air

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Qatar’s Al Jazeera played a prominent role in promoting and manufacturing the Arab Spring. But its role in Egypt may not have outlived Morsi, Qatar’s man in Cairo.

Security forces raided the Cairo offices of Al Jazeera’s Egyptian television channel on Wednesday and detailed at least five staff, hours after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a journalist at the station said.

Karim El-Assiuti told Reuters his colleagues at the Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr channel were arrested while working in the studio. The station was prevented from broadcasting from a pro-Mursi rally and its crew there was also detained, he said.

The Egyptian arm of the Qatari-owned media company began broadcasting after the 2011 uprising that topped President Hosni Mubarak and has been accused by critics of being sympathetic to Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

There will be some outrage over freedom of speech, but anyone outraged should remember that Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece for a country with even less freedom of the speech and the press than Egypt. And no democracy.

Al Jazeera chose to be a propaganda network that backed one government. Now its ability to broadcast may not survive the fall of that government. That’s not a freedom of the press issue. It’s a freedom to play propagandist for a tyranny issue.

 

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Good.

  • Crazycatkid

    But they are about to start their propaganda here in the USA. Does no one connect the dots? Ugh!

  • Arf

    Wouldn’t it be great if the death of Sharia and eventually all of Islam came from Muslims themselves?!

    • Nabuquduriuzhur

      It would be wonderful if they would throw off the chains of Islam.

      Eventually Egypt will.

      Read Isaiah 19. “4 I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” The cruel master is Islam.

      V. 5-10 is what happened when the Aswan High Dam was built, stopping the annual floods of the nile and wiping out the fishing industry and much of the farming along the nile. The textile industry was in the news a couple of months ago as being on the rocks.

      But they are not left in their horrible condition:
      “18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction. 19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.”

  • OfficialPro

    They probably heard Soledad O’Brien was going to be on it.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    Absolutely. We need LOTS of coverage in ALL the media about this.
    It’s amazing! I Love Egypt!!
    America, WAKE UP!