Hundreds of Egyptian protesters massed in front of The Washington Post’s office in Washington D.C. on Thursday saying that the outlet’s coverage of Egypt’s military takeover was biased in favor of ousted President Mohammad Mursi, the targeted news outlet reported on Friday.
Police closed down the block as crowds gathered around the office’s front entrance at about 2.15 pm, reported the newspaper.
Washington Post security locked its public entrance and closed its metal security gate. The group moved on after about half-an-hour, they reported.
According to the newspaper, many of the demonstrators were Coptic Christians complaining that the Washington Post has not sufficiently covered the burning and looting of churches in the country, reportedly perpetrated by Islamists affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
It seems that the Post has attempted to reduce the validity of this claim by linking the report of the protest to an article they posted about the burning and looting of churches in Egypt and stating: “The Post on Wednesday published a front-page story about violence against Christians.”
“Post = Brotherhood,” read one sign. Protesters chanted, “Washington Post, shame on you.”
A spokeswoman for The Post, Kristine M. Coratti, defended the newspaper’s coverage: “Our coverage of events in Egypt has been comprehensive, incorporating all perspectives, and it has been fair, accurate and honest.”
Protester Iris Soliman said the newspaper has failed to sufficiently report on alleged abuses by Mursi, according to an interview with The Washington Post.
Salwa el-Gebaly, also interviewed by The Washington Post, said: “Egypt is doing the entire world a favor by getting rid of extremists,” and she said she expects the Western media to reflect that.