Abdallah Schleifer
Abdallah Schleifer

Abdallah Schleifer is a veteran American journalist covering the Middle East and distinguished visiting professor of political mass media at Future University in Egypt. He is also professor emeritus at the American University in Cairo where he founded as served as first director of the Kamal Adham Center for TV and Digital Journalism. He is chief editor of the annual publication The Muslim 500; a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (USA) and at the Royal Aal al Bayt Academy for Islamic Thought (Jordan.) Schleifer has served as Al Arabiya Washington D.C. bureau chief; NBC News Cairo bureau chief; Middle East correspondent for Jeune Afrique; as special correspondent (stringer) , New York Times and managing editor of the Jerusalem Star/Palestine News in then Jordanian Arab Jerusalem.

Chemical warfare in Syria: who and why?

There is a reason to be cautious. Both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed atrocities and both sides have misrepresented photos and falsified reports. But the burden appears to be on the...

How Al-Jazeera skews its coverage of Egypt

Many years ago, when I was a producer-reporter for NBC News based in Beirut, then Cairo, and would lecture at universities in the United States, I would be asked the same question: Why did national...

Misinformation about Egypt’s ‘massacre’

No one really knows how many pro-Mursi protestors were killed on Wednesday – the government says about 270, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been saying more than 2,000. My assumption is that...

Media at odds with military in Egypt coverage

I have been shocked by the shallow way the Western media has covered the political situation in Cairo since the coup against former President Mursi. One would never know from reading The New York...

The ‘occupied territory’ of Cairo

“Occupied Territory!” That is what mini-bus drivers call out as they drive by the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque intersection in Nasr City. Indeed, it is an occupied city, a portion of Cairo...

Reports on Egypt: global and local media in turmoil

It was former President Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Shura Council which delegated press regulation to a Media Council. This sounds like an autonomous body but in fact, was made up of...

Reflections on the revolution in Egypt

Edmund Burke wrote that great classic of conservative political thought, Reflections on the Revolution in France in 1790. The French Revolution was but a year old and Jacobin power not yet...

Media dilemma over Egypt: Uprising or coup?

A peculiar concern of both global and local media after Egyptian armed forces ousted Mohammad Mursi as president was whether or not the intervention marked a coup d’etat. I even received a call...