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 members of the Shura Council, chaired by a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) deputy from the Shura Council.
Everyone knows which side they are on though there are different political leanings within the anti-Mursi side and all have a voice either in local media and/or global media.Abdallah Schleifer
Abdul Moneim al-Said, now chairman of al-Masry al-Youm, the most popular daily newspaper in Egypt, was too prestigious to just “toss in the dustbin.” Consequently, the Shura council suspended rather than fired him. They then proceeded to significantly cut his salary, and implemented other severe measures. In effect, they did everything short of firing him until Abdul Moneim walked away and accepted a long standing offer from al-Masry al-Youm.
Following in Mubarak’s footsteps
Global press too busy
First a disclosure – I bear no grudges against Al Jazeera even though I write for Al Arabiya and once served as Al Arabiya’s Washington DC bureau chief where I got along famously with my Al Jazeera competitors, and during the height of the February 2011 clashes when Al Jazeera’s bureaus closed down and its staff went into hiding, I did Q & A via Skype video from my home with Al Jazeera’s anchor for about two days until the local staff come out of hiding, and I have always been pleased to periodically on the Al Jazeera talk show “Inside Story.” So it is with sorrow not vindictive competitive joy that I note that Al Jazeera staff and in particular Ahmed Mansour, known a decade ago as a dedicated supporter of the MB anda leading Al Jazeera documentary film director for al Jazeera now has two talk shows, and was seen by reliable sources at the big MB sit-in at Rabiya al-Adawiyya mosque interaction participating as an activist. Mansour was seen and overheard instructing the MB sit-in cadre how to switch from talk about welcoming martyrdom or struggling against a kafr (Unbeliever) conspiracy of Muslim who hate Islam (meaning Muslims opposed to the MB, which now accounts for about two thirds of the Egyptian public) and instead to talk about upholding democracy. And so if sit-in activists wearing a sort of “I am-ready- to- be- a- martyr” green headband they are instructed to take those headlands off when global media is around. And the global media bought into it.