Egyptian papers pledge to support govt in anti-terror fight
The statements have sparked fears that self-censorship may direct the content of Egyptian dailies and news bulletins
The bosses of several leading Egyptian newspapers pledged on Sunday to support the government in its “extensive war” against terrorism, following a surge in deadly attacks by Islamist militants against security forces.
A statement issued Sunday by the editors-in-chief of both state and privately-owned papers condemned terrorism, holding the Muslim Brotherhood responsible, and voiced their support of the government’s anti-terror measures.
“The attendees commit not to publishing any statements that support terrorism and commit to objectively dealing with the Brotherhood’s protests and to not exaggerate them,” Mustapha Bakri, editor-in-chief of el-Osboa newspaper, said during the meeting.
The statement comes a day after the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) and the chamber of audio-visual media industry issued a similar declaration.
But the statements have sparked fears that self-censorship may direct the content of Egyptian dailies and news bulletins.
“It’s inaccurate that there’s self-censorship,” said Khaled Saleh, editor-in-chief of Youm7.com. “We are committed to a patriotic project which the people expect from us. The people expect us to carry out a role that raises awareness and mobilizes them behind a national project.”
“We will not allow slogans which may be infiltrated by [certain] concepts that undermine our march, and we won’t be deceived by any of these slogans,” Saleh added.
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