- Posted August 14, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
The Truth In Egypt
Your coverage lacks balance of what is truly happening on ground, where you are portraying the Muslim Brotherhood supporters as being totally victimized. I urge you to take a more balanced approach to your coverage. While I am against all kinds of bloodshed from both sides; please note that statements about the pro Morsi supporters of being “innocent protesters” in a sit-in that were attacked by the police and the army is really misleading.
Please note that the brotherhood supporters in their sit-ins could be described as anything in the world other than peaceful and innocent. Over the last month and a half there have been more than 15 cases of torture to death within Rabaa square, to civilians that they suspected were police members under cover. Just two days ago they cut the fingers off a 10 year old boy, for just simply passing by their sit-in holding a picture of Al-Sisi. On a daily basis for the last 6 weeks they have been calling for a full-fledged civil war from their main stage in Rabaa.
Additionally you are completely ignoring the fact that what happened on the 30th of June was a full-fledged peoples revolution, and not a military coup. Even though the number of pro-Morsi supporters seem to be like a large number, yet you need to know the truth behind these numbers. Most of these so called pro-Morsi supporters are actually poor people that they have gathered from villages, where they promised them L.E 300 per day (equivalent of $50) and a daily meal. For a person living below the line of poverty in a rural village this is quite an attractive offer. After transporting them from their villages to Rabaa square in the heart of urban Cairo by bus, they take away their national ID’s and do not offer them any means for returning to their homes. As a matter of fact, there has been a large uprising in many villages against the brotherhood, since the families had lost touch with their children that were gone in Rabaa for a long time.
Regarding the way the sit in has been removed, you also must note that the army and police have for the last two weeks been dropping printed leaflets urging the people to leave and go home peacefully. The leaflets explicitly mentioned that they have an open chance to leave without any legal purist or implications. They have been disrupting traffic in Cairo for 6 weeks, and harassing all the people living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Personally I have been harassed today on my way to the ATM behind my house by pro-Morsi supporters, who were damaging public property and vandalizing cars in my neighborhood.
What surprises me most in the CNN’s coverage, is the way you only share video footage of the police force shooting tear gas canisters at the protesters, however you never showed any footage of the protesters opening live fire at the police from machine guns (even though this footage is all over the local media). Additionally you are completely ignoring the fact that the pro-Morsi supporters have already burnt down 7 churches in Upper Egypt, attached 3 police stations, and attempted to penetrate one of Egypt’s largest state prisons to free those inside. You are only reporting the injuries and deaths on the side of the pro-Morsi supporters, howver your completely ignore that there are deaths and body mutilations that took place against the police force.
Finally I would like you to put yourself in the shoes of others, where you could only imagine what the reaction of the American citizens would be if you had a similar type of violent sit-in in the heart of one of your major cities for 6 weeks. Trust me, the Egyptian police and army have been more than decent and tolerant with the way they have handled this situation. The Egyptian people are simply trying to fight for their freedom, from a group of ruling and violent religious extremists that not only pose a threat to Egyptian national security, yet to the security of the whole region.
Judging from the bias of your coverage thus far, I’m quite sure that this entire note will go to waste, however I must do my part in sharing with you the true picture from on-ground in Cairo. If your coverage is un-biased, then you should have the ability to share this note on-air.