No one was surprised when an Egyptian T.V. anchor interrupted her guest to enthusiastically announce that the American people began to revolt against President Barack Obama. No one laughed when an Egyptian daily said that Obama has a stepbrother managing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood investments. No one rolled on the floor laughing when Egyptian media marketed an idea stating that Obama himself is a Muslim Brotherhood member.
Those who laughed over this did so secretly, or through Twitter hashtags.
We did not see an anchor raise her eyebrows in sarcasm when she heard the rumor that Obama’s brother may be responsible for the assassination attempt against the interior minister. When some Egyptian media outlets hosted a man who presented himself as Sheikh Sayyed Qotob’s grandson and who spoke of conspiracies the Muslim Brotherhood were scheming, no one addressed the issue and it peacefully went by, knowing that Qotob never married and never had children.
Currently in Egypt, there’s more censorship than there was during the Brotherhood’s reignDiana Moukalled