5 times Egypt’s information service scolded foreign media for misreporting terrorism
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The State Information Service (SIS) issued a statement Monday afternoon blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for the assassination of Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat in a car bombing earlier that morning, while also castigating the international press for turning a blind eye to the banned Islamist group’s violent acts.

The “obnoxious crime attests again to several facts that some international media outlets would like to disregard or connive at,” the statement proclaimed. International media outlets “lack a clear vision about the real battle that Egypt is waging against terrorism,” and are reluctant to acknowledge “the terrorist nature of this group who hates the Egyptian people and denies them their right to life, progress and stability,” the SIS continued.

Barakat’s assassination shows that the Brotherhood intends to continue to use violence to damage national security and stability, the statement claimed, even as “the terrorist group” clearly attempts “to mislead its allies in the region and abroad.” The targeting of Egypt’s chief prosecutor is “confirmation that the terrorist group rejects the state of law and even rejects the idea of the Egyptian state in the first place,” the press release continued.

The SIS also conjectured that the murder might have been part of the same terrorist plot that manufactured the deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France on Friday. The organization went on to link the assault to crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria over the past year, “as the Brotherhood group is part, not even the source, of all other terrorist groups that adopt the same ideology, which is hostile to civilization and all forms of stability and human progress.”

But Egypt would continue to fight against terrorism, the SIS declared, and such attacks would only serve to further isolate the Brotherhood, which was ruled an illegal terrorist organization by an Egyptian court at the end of 2013.

Monday’s statement follows the service’s two-year pattern of accusing foreign media sources of overlooking the Brotherhood’s allegedly violent crimes since former President Mohamed Morsi was removed from power by the Armed Forces in July 2013.

Mada Masr has compiled the following timeline of similar statements issued by the service:

August, 2013. The SIS issued a statement declaring that media coverage of Morsi’s ouster and the brutal dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-in camps at Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square “steered away from objectivity and neutrality,” conveying “a distorted image” in order to serve a particular political agenda.

“This raises many questions about the neutrality of media coverage and its goals,” the statement warned. In fact, the SIS continued, foreign media outlets showed a consistent bias toward the Brotherhood, and neglected to acknowledge the group’s “terrorist acts” in their coverage.

The statement also lamented the international media’s failure to describe the June 30 protests calling for Morsi’s ouster as an “expression of popular will” in order to keep in line with “western political stances,” thus disregarding “regional stances” that supported Egypt in its war against terrorism.

The SIS further criticized foreign journalists for failing to mention the soldiers and police officers who were killed in terrorist attacks.

Nonetheless, the SIS also insisted that it respected the freedom of the press and the right to freedom of expression.

January 25, 2014. The SIS condemned a string of deadly bomb attacks that claimed six lives across the country on the eve of the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution.

As it lambasted the Brotherhood for the violence, the statement urged international media outlets to pay attention to terrorist crimes that “stand against humankind and humanitarian heritage.“

February 18, 2014. The SIS denounced a missile attack that killed four people on a tourist bus traveling through Taba.

The assault proved that terrorists are not only targeting Egyptians, but also foreign visitors, the statement claimed, adding that such violence has a global impact. The SIS concluded by calling on all local and international press to report on these acts of terrorism and relay the “true picture of the cowardly acts both Egypt and its visitors from other countries are exposed to,” so that the nation could garner support from around the world to combat terrorism.

April 2, 2014. After a series of fatal explosions shook Cairo University, the SIS condemned the incident as “a mean terrorist act” attempting to destroy the Egyptian “nation and history, [and] the security forces who protect the nation and the coming generations in the beacon of knowledge.”

In keeping with previous statements, the SIS urged journalists to report on terrorist acts perpetrated across Egypt and to “convey their repercussions to the whole world, stressing that history will not forget the mean acts Egypt has been exposed to.”

October 25, 2014. The SIS issued a statement mourning the soldiers killed in North Sinai in a deadly bombing at a military checkpoint. At least 27 Armed Forces personnel were killed in the incident.

The “cowardly terrorist attack” was a message for “all of us to be united against the forces of darkness that are targeting Egypt, its people, its civilization and its stability, and shedding the blood of its sons,” the statement proclaimed.

The incident was also a message for “anybody who has reason and confidence in the international media,” the SIS continued, namely those who publish “fallacious reports and distort facts.” The statement said the violence unveils the “reality and fierceness of the battle that is facing the Egyptian people and the magnitude of sacrifices in standing up to terrorism that commits the most heinous crimes in human history.”


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