Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Al Arabiya in which I condemned deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s crackdown on his media critics. Unfortunately, violations and censorship have continued since his ouster - the only difference is which news outlets are being targeted.
Both camps should stop being so foolish or arrogant as to believe that they have a monopoly on the ‘truth.’Sharif Nashashibi
Since Mursi’s overthrow, “respect for freedom of information continues to worsen and increasingly resembles the situation under the authoritarian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in 2011,” said Reporters Without Borders. This is not surprising, since the SCAF is back in charge, at least for the time being.
The propaganda war has spawned a mob mentality that is prevailing in Egypt - as long as this is the case, the country and its people will be unable to move forward.Sharif Nashashibi
They organized press conferences, arranged interviews, and provided eye-witness accounts and video footage to reinforce their own version of events. It soon resembled a morbid contest of which side could most capitalize politically from these deaths.