From August 10 to August 27 2017
This is the sixth episode of the semi-monthly “An Eye on Talk Shows” bulletin, which aims to shed light on the content of the main talk shows, to help the public monitoring them critically and to monitor the extent to which their anchors are committed to their role in monitoring the executive authority, their involvement in non-professional practices such as incitement to violence or repression, violation of the law and human rights, as well as presenting one point of view and deleting the the other.
The bulletin does not necessarily represent a monitoring of all that has been broadcast during this period, but rather it presents the most important negative or positive sides of the program providers, with the exception of what may be repeated or not exceeding the professional media performance.
The common feature of the majority of the programs covered by this bulletin, from August 10 to August 25, is the preoccupation with attacking Mahalla workers because of their strike, as well as the United States because of its decision to deduct part of the aid to Egypt. Also Egyptian talk shows remembered the bloody disperse of Rabaa and Nahda sit-in in their way.
The bulletin covers what Ahmed Moussa said on his program “ala masoeliti – on my responsibility” on the channel of Sada Al-Balad, Osama Kamal on “Massaa DMC (DMC NIGHT) program” on the DMC satellite and Iman Al-Hussari, who alternates in the same program with Osama Kamal. It also covers the agreement of the talk shows to discuss the aid deduction decision, and the presentation of three programs for Ahmed Moussa, Osama Kamal and Mohammed al-Baz with identical content about this issue.
Saturday August 12
- On his program “ala masoeliti”, Ahmed Moussa dedicated an episode for “National Media”, but before discussing the main topic of the episode, he aired a documentary produced by “Al Jazeera” channel discussing the secretive history of Muslim Brotherhood and assassination claimed to be executed by them. Ahmed Moussa claimed that Muslim Brotherhood put pressure on “Al Jazeera” to remove the documentary and hide it, his evidence was, according to him, “the documentary was frequently broadcast before 2013, but it was not broadcast from this time until now”. Moussa said that all terrorists who went to Afghanistan belong to Muslim Brotherhood, which goes against logic, as there are deep disputes between Islamist organizations and Muslim Brotherhood to the extent of accusing the Brotherhood and its leader with blasphemy.
- In discussing the concept of “National Media”, Ahmed Moussa hosted Hamdi al Konayssi, a radio figure and the head of media syndicate. The episode did not examine any angle that is related to media, but all of a sudden, al Konayssi turned into a general commentator discussing local, regional and international policies. Moussa asked al Konayssi about problems concerning railway, amending constitution, expanding presidential term, Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar crisis with GCC, all these issues were discussed except for the issue of media, its problems and future. In a casual question, Moussa asked al Konayessi about the situation of the media, the remaining 15 minutes were dedicated to the media syndicate and its establishment.
- At the same night, the anchor Khairi Ramadan, hosted Makram Mohammed Ahmed, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Media Regulation, in his program “akher al Nahar” on “al Nahar” channel. Makram said that he cannot completely deny the intervention of security services in choosing presidents of board of trustees of the newspapers. He justified this by saying “choosing a chief for a national institution must be done with caution regarding the external intervention we are passing through and the serious situation of Egypt as it defends itself against terrorism and radicalism”.
Sunday August 13
- “Ala Masoeliti” episode presented by Ahmed Moussa was dedicated to the discussion of the consequences of the Alexandria train accident. Moussa said that train accidents happen because of the absence of train maintenance, he did not consider this fact as dereliction but it was all about poor capabilities because of the overpopulation. Moussa gave an unverified information that Egypt is the first country in overpopulation rate. In this respect, he attacked any labor strike demanding an increase in salaries and incentives, saying that any minister would respond to these demands should be tried.
As the episode was concurrent with the memory of the fatal dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-in, Moussa reassured that the dispersal was essential and necessary, asserting that the sit-in was armed and if it took place in any country worldwide, it would have been blown up even if it had a million person in it, but this did not happen in Egypt, because “we have fair and honest people who appreciate the sanctity of blood”. Therefore the sit-in was not blown up, and the dispersal was delayed, asserting that the state was generous with those who were in Rabaa.
Monday August 14
- At this night, the anchor Iman al Hossari, presenter of “Massaa DMC”, hosted Ali al Din Helal, a leading figure in ‘al Watani” dissolved party, and minister of youth and sports during Hosni Mubarak era. Helal talked about memories during Mubarak era, reading the current situation, hailing president Sissi’s governance, and asserting that he is righting his memoirs and going to publish them in the middle of next year. The program did not forget to mention the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-in.
The anchor hosted, in the last part of the episode, General Abdul Hamid Khairat, former deputy of the State Security, talking about the dispersal of the sit-in assuring that the decision of the dispersal was inevitable.
- As for Ahmed Moussa, he prepared a whole episode on this memory, releasing a hashtag “#thedispersalwasessential” leaving the public to write the reason, each from his/her point of view, describing those who shared in this sit-in as “mean, criminals, garbage and murderers”. Moussa accused Rabaa strikers of setting fire into Rabaa Mosque and killing citizens, he added that inside the sit-in site there was an executing chamber and that the strike leaders used to sentence persons to death. The episode included ethical and racist accusations against the strikers.
Tuesday August 15
In his program “Massaa DMC”, Ossama Kamal hosted Ashraf al Sharqawi , Minister of Public Business Sector, concurrently with the crisis of the labor strike of al Mahala textile company workers. The odd thing is that, despite this key timing, as the minister should talk to the workers in details about this crisis, the interview, which took an hour and half an hour, turned into a propaganda for the minister and his success in the ministry, while the workers crisis came as a casual question sent by one of the viewers to the anchor Ossama Kamal. The minister asserted that the laborers demands are illegal and the timing of the strike is not comprehended, assuring that the crisis is not coming to an end unless the workers go back to work and disperse their strike.
Wednesday August 16
- In his program “Ala Maseoliti- on my responsibility””, Ahmed Moussa attacked al Mahla Textile Company workers strike, claiming that the workers calling for applying the civil service law on them, while they should comply to the business sector law. According to this logic, Moussa attacked the workers strike saying that it is unjustified and its demands are irrational. Ironically, strikers did not demand to be subjugated to civil service law, but they had other demands related to delayed financial dues.
Sunday, August 20
- In his program “ala Masouliti – on my responsibility”, Ahmed Moussa attacked the German journalist, Thilo Mischke, who conducted an investigative report about mafia of human organs trade in Egypt, considering this report as part of the terrorist war against Egypt, because it defames the country after it achieved success in therapy tourism. Moussa said that the evidence to this is that the Muslim Brotherhood circulated the report, putting this in the framework of the topic of his episode which was about kidnapping children, hosting a General in the General Security Service, concluding that kidnapping children is not a phenomenon, but individual cases.
In his episode, Moussa continued to attack Mahla workers, putting the responsibility of the company’s financial loss on their shoulders.
Monday, August 21
- Again, Ashraf al Sharqawy, Minister of General Business Sector, appeared with Ahmed Moussa this time, in his program “ala Masouliti”. The title of the episode included an accusation to Mahla workers, as it was “What is the relation between workers strike and the timing of opening the envelopes of developing the company”?” The interview went in a one way track, which is the government’s point of view concerning the crisis. The minister asserted that there are inciters in the strike, and they are going to be the big losers, because they will not be able to achieve their goals, which serve their the desire to create crisis. The episode in general was an attack against the workers strike because their decision to go on in their strike despite promises to consider their demands.
- The Egyptian satellites were preoccupied with the Tunisian decision concerning equating women with men in heritage issues. Iman al Hossari managed an interview in the program “Massaa DMC – DMC night”. It was a good episode as she hosted representatives of both point of views, with and against, besides, she listened to different opinions from Tunisia through the satellite.
Wednesday August 23
In his program “Massaa DMC”, Ossama Kamal said that the US decision to deduce $95.7 millions from the USAID to Egypt and the delay of $195 millions is “a strange step that questions Trump’s credibility in his relations with Egypt”. He considered the decision a “breach to the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel”, mocking the American statements which noted that these deductions came as a result of the Egyptian human rights violations. He added that the US is outraged because of Egyptian fight against terrorism in Saini, considering this war a human rights violation. Kamal did not mention merits of the decision which pointed to the enforced disappearance and illegal murder not only human rights violations in Saini. He also hinted to the role of the human rights organizations in the deduction of the USAID. He did not name such organizations as this may put him in a war against human rights organizations.
Ahmed Moussa also attacked the American decision, he gave his episode a title “The scandal of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson”. Moussa said that the State Department is run by Obama remnants, he also attacked Secretary of State describing him as a business man who has relations with Qatar. Moussa said that US agents and Muslim Brotherhood stand behind this decision because of their reports about the NGO law, calling for the government to reject the military aid claiming that Egyptian people spend the amount of this aid on food for two days.
Moussa added that the US is the country number one in violating human rights and, with full confidence, Moussa said that human rights situation in Egypt is better that human rights situation in the US. Though Moussa was among those who warmly welcomed Trump’s success in the elections, but he attacked him in this episode.
Moussa aired videos about violations committed by the US police without mentioning that these violations are investigated.
In his program “90 Dakika – 90 minutes” on “al Mehwar” channel, Mohammed al Baz held the Congress responsible for this decision.
Al Baz said that the decision assures that there is a big dispute between Trump and the Congress, and that Trump understands Egypt’s stance, while the Congress has contacts with Muslim Brotherhood and they stand behind the USAID deduction. Al Baz recited a part from an article written by Aya Hegazi and published in the washingtonpost, while Aya wrote that US should grant Egypt aids only if it respects human rights in Egypt. Al Baz said that Aya and others are inciting against Egypt.
Thursday August 24
Egyptian talk shows continued its attack against the US after the decision of the USAID deduction. In his program “Haqaeq wa Asrar – Facts and Secrets”, Mustafa Bakry said that the decision asserts that there is a fevered pursuit to destabilize Egypt and annex it to destructed states as Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Bakri went to the same opinion of Moussa, asserting that the USAID is not important comparing to what Egyptians spend daily. He also attacked Trump.
Sunday August 27
Iman al Hossari, in her program “Massaa DMC”, hosted Samy Abdul Aziz, former dean of faculty of Mass Communication, to present his study about the dangers of using social media. In the episode, Abdul Aziz asserted that these networks have political, economical and social goals stand behind it. The whole episode, Abdul Aziz continued to warn from using social media holding it responsible for all problems that Egypt faces. He considered social media as an addiction, noting that 40% of its users tried to stop using it and failed. He added that most of facebook pages are fake publishing fabricated news. Abdul Aziz accused social media of being a key reason for westernization and disloyalty to the state, claiming that these are the goals of the brigades that control social media.
Abdul Aziz gave examples for social media dangers like attacking the new Suez Canal on social media despite that the new canal is making profits weekly equates the profits which were made by the old canal before. The anchor did not ask him about sources for such information.