Al Jazeera criticized after airing same street protest in two different cities
Al Jazeera has come under criticism once again over its coverage of Egypt after its Mubasher channel aired footage from the same street protest to report on supposed demonstrations taking place in several cities.
Social media users shared both screenshots and recordings of Al Jazeera Mubasher’s live coverage of the incident on Friday. The coverage showed a young man dressed in a yellow-maroon striped t-shirt, and a black and snapback cap appearing on its screens. The live coverage was supposedly showing street protests in the cities of Qena, Luxor and al- Warraq.
A review by Al Arabiya English verified that the Al Jazeera used footage – taken from two different angles – from the same afternoon protest which happened sometime before 11:30 GMT being labeled as taking place in the cities Qena and al- Warraq. Distance between the two cities is nearly 588 km apart and nearly a seven-hour drive.
Earlier this week, Al Jazeera came under hot fire for its coverage of weekend protests in Egypt, during which it aired eight-year-old footage that it portrayed as new material.
The Qatari-owned channel has also been criticized over what its anchors share on social media. Al Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour recently shared a year-old video of an ultra-luxurious private jet, claiming that it was Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidential jet.
The scattered protests came after calls were made by exiled businessman Mohamed Aly for a "million-man march". He has been posting viral videos accusing Sisi and the military of corruption in recent weeks.
In Cairo, near the tomb of former president Anwar Sadat, about 1,000 people turned out on Friday afternoon to show their support for Sisi, according to an AFP journalist.
Sisi himself, returning to Cairo after attending a UN summit in New York, played down the call for mass protests and said there was "no reason for concern."
- With AFP.