In the past week, something of a drama erupted in Egypt, throughout the private and public media, around a particular report by a U.S.-based human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW). It was clear from the response that many media outlets were incredibly sensitive about this report, and what it focused on (see here for one summary). For the foreseeable future, the name ‘Human Rights Watch’ will join a growing list of ‘ugly’ words within the Egyptian media, alongside ‘reconciliation’, or ‘transitional justice’.
This is Egypt in 2014. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last, where basic rights are politicizedH.A. Hellyer