Violence, suffering ignored, say activists
Egyptian protesters gather outside of the presidential palace in Cairo on Dec. 4. While American media coverage of Arab Spring protests was thorough, Egyptian activists say the truth of widespread protest and violence under President Morsi is barely acknowledged. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON—Egypt’s liberal Arab Spring veterans are disappointed at what they are calling American media’s unaggressive coverage of last week’s protests that turned violent and deadly.
As Facebook newsfeeds and YouTube channels are filled with images of anti-government protesters covered in blood, activists complain that the U.S. media and government seem largely unmoved by their plight. The activists say American media and officials barely acknowledge the beating, abduction, and killing of liberal Egyptians in a return of Mubarak-style violent politics.
“I expect the Western press to report the events and the surrounding narrative as if it were happening in the West, not with a logic that assumes that ‘things are different in the Middle East,’” said Aly, one of the founders of a Facebook page dedicated to the issue titled Bring the Noise Egyptian Revolution 2.0, in a Facebook chat. Aly is an MIT graduate currently protesting in Cairo.
According to Bring the Noise, Western media outlets appeared indifferent when suspected Muslim Brotherhood (Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s party) militia attacked and wounded members of the liberal opposition, including journalist Husseini Abu Deif on Dec. 5.
Abu Deif is now hospitalized and in critical condition, according the Egypt Independent.
Egyptian dissident and associate fellow at the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum Cynthia Farahat spoke at a rally in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.