The return of military trials!!


The decision to send a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders – including deputy supreme guide Khairat al-Shater – to a military court is not the first in the regime’s list of numerous crimes, it is the lastest entry on this list.

While corrupt businessmen and senior regime figures plunder the country’s capital and hoard it in European and American banks without any opposition from the various relevant authorities, the regime, which has grown old and bloated and is afflicted with political Alzheimers insults the Egyptian people’s intelligence and directs obsolete charges against the nation’s best. These charges remain only in history books as examples of oppressive, corrupt regimes, the place where they deserve to be.

It has become clear that the ruling Egyptian regime cannot bear to hear a single opposition voice now that it is content to make do with fake political parties that understand political opposition as “handouts and wages” and “making a living” rather than political programmes that they seek to implement to save society from the abyss of crises and problems that threaten its present and future.

And when the virtuous sons of the country put forward their programme and vision of how to solve the nation’s problems they are shoved in the depths of prisons and sent for military trial while at the same time the person who made this decision doesn’t dare to send spies, traitors and the country’s enemies to these courts.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online. 


Clashes between Christians in front of Maspero because of Mubarak’s picture


Ahmed Hazza’a and Abdel-Rahman Akeela

Serious clashes broke out between people taking part in a sit-in outside the Maspero Television Building in response to the Imbaba events. The clashes began when one of the Christians held up a picture of deposed president Hosny Mubarak and demanded that he return to power so that Christians can live in peace. His Christian colleagues responded with criticism and insults, affirming that “the deposed one” is the cause of all Egypt’s problems and drove a wedge between the partners in the nation.

A big number of Christians, together with some Muslims, announced their sit-in in front of the Maspero Television Building this evening in response to the Imbaba events. A number of protesters called for the formation of an independent fact-finding committee on the incident that took place as a result of the security vacuum, the passivity of the police force and the lack of intervention to end sectarian strife.

The Muslim protesters showing solidarity with the Christians accused former regime figures and officers from the dissolved State Security Investigations apparatus of playing with Egyptian Christian and Muslim lives and attempting to drive a wedge and cause discord between sons of this one nation. They called for them to put on trial and for Homeland Security to be purged of them.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.

Citizens: the non-publication of Tuesday’s papers spared us the misery


We hope that the papers stay closed and the screens black

God spared us their lies and the media must be cleaned up

This must be the fate of the low media

Enough of your lies and mockery of the heedful Egyptian people

Investigation: Mohamed Gaber and Abdallah Metawa’a

A number of newspapers that work in the service of figures from the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) went on strike on Tuesday in protest at the revolutionary decisions taken recently by President Mohamed Morsy in order to protect the January revolution’s achievements.

Readers expressed their opinion on this protest. Some of them were beset with a state of joy and happiness, describing the day as the Tuesday of light or the luminous Tuesday after these newspapers and channels protested and gave the Egyptian people the chance to consider and grasp matters without their influence or blackening of matters. Everyone sings his own tune, and all the media and media personalities care about is protecting their gains rather than the revolution’s gains, which they used to plunder more of the people’s money. [The readers] hoped that these channels’ screens would remain black.

The Egyptian street expresses its anger against the fabrications of newspapers belonging to the dissolved former regime figures [sic] and welcomes their non-publication today. Via Ikhwan Online:

Ibrahim Abdel-Sharif, an executive supervisor in the Arab Contractors Company says that by stopping work and protesting these newspapers have given us a day off from their lies. Their aim is to hinder political work through their low and base content, adding that they didn’t print today because of fear for their personal interests and to fight the revolution that President Mohamed Morsy wanted to protect by issuing the last Constitutional Declaration and by making elected institutions immune to dissolution.

He made clear that newspaper owners object to the Constitutional Declaration issued by the President of the Republic out of fear for their personal interests because there is no doubt that it is they that benefit from the former regime and are completely aligned with this fallen regime.

He added, “Anyone claiming that freedom of expression in the new constitution is restricted is making a false claim because under the new constitution they enjoy complete freedom. However, they are using all their power and raising their voices against this constitution. We say to them, enough lying. Why this attack on the Constitutional Declaration issued by the President? Why didn’t you do this with the Constitutional Declaration issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that didn’t have any legislative legitimacy?”

Hassan Bereek, a former member of the People’s Assembly urged some newspapers to fold, considering this a positive step towards society’s progress. He said, “this is the best thing they ever did and I hope that this strike won’t only last a day but rather a week or a month or that deceptive newspapers such as this disappear because citizens are bored with their content. Their strike gives us mental rest”.

Bereek added that the objection of former regime newspapers to the Constitutional Declaration and their fierce attacks on the Constitutional Assembly are aimed at protecting their personal interests and not the country’s higher interests. He affirmed that the aim of the last Constitutional Declaration is to fortify the Constitutional Assembly putting in place the Constitution so that it can produce a constitution suitable for Egypt and so that the Constitutional can start to bear its fruits through stability.

He affirmed that the attack on the new Constitution is aimed at obstructing the march of progress and ascent and using it to pressurise the presidency who is represented by the first legitimately elected president. He emphasised that these games are headed for complete failure.

Press ethics

Hassan Kamel Othman, a physics inspector with the Ministry of Education believes that these newspapers are operating without any knowledge of media ethics or the industry’s code of ethics, rely on alarmism and sensationalism and defend their personal interests without consideration of the country’s interests. He pointed out that they rely on provocation and that what they write mostly has nothing to do with the subject being discussed.

He hopes that the newspapers protesting today stop work altogether because one day is not enough. He affirmed that these newspapers cause a sort of information pollution and that citizens are aware of their failing attempts.

He adds that newspapers owned by former regime figures are constantly orientated towards lying to the people. They are currently repeatedly saying that the new constitution snatches away freedom of expression. He said that this is the polemics of the former regime press, because they enjoy a complete freedom not witnessed in any other country. Rather, they are crossing all the red lines, red lines that it is inappropriate to cross. This is all a result of the policy dominated by secularists and Nasserists – who don’t respect freedom of opinion or other opinions at all – that the deposed president’s regime used to pursue.

He went on to say that the newspapers rely on spreading opinions in accord with their own schools of thoughts and on spreading lies. He demanded that they use the media to clarify perspectives, unify the ranks and explain the constitution to citizens and public opinion rather than misrepresenting and misleading.

Changing facts

Mohamed Abaza, a agricultural consultant in a sugar company points out that the newspaper strike is a positive step for the entire Egyptian people because the problem is not in their refusal to go to print but that they think this step will negatively influence public opinion. They ignore that the people know the truth about these newspapers and channels that rely on changing facts.

He asks: why are they opposing the Constitutional Declaration? Were these not the demands made by revolutionaries to realise the revolution’s goals and fortify elected institutions? He affirmed that they want to take the country back to the starting point and are deliberately confusing matters.

Mostafa Megahed, a medical equipment engineer says, “I hope that these newspapers stay shut, the media have mocked the people enough”. He emphasised that newspaper and satellite channels are not opposing the Constitutional Declaration itself. Rather, their aim is to destroy the project of progress through the poison and false news they spread amongst simple, ordinary citizens and their analysis of news in a way that is completely removed from reality.

Ahmed Salah, a teaching assistant at Menoufiyya University demands that these newspapers stop being published as a mercy to citizens so that the poison they spread, swallowed by citizens every day, stops. He affirmed that the media is engaged in a conspiracy plot against the President that has no clear reason and that they falsify facts. He pointed out that they claim that the constitution restricts press freedom while the head of the Journalists’ Syndicate has denied this and confirmed that the press community has presented more than eight proposals on freedom of expression and seven were adopted. This demonstrates that the media has complete freedom. He demanded that the presidency place curbs on newspapers that cross professional lines through insolence towards the president and officials.

He made clear that the ultimate objective of these newspapers is to bring down the Islamic project in order to realise personal interests and so that stability does not prevail. He asked, “why didn’t they protest when the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces issued its Constitutional Declaration annex? Why did the cheer for it despite the fact that it had absolutely no legitimacy”.


Ahmed Omar El-Neshouqy says, “we have been relieved of these newspapers-for-hire by businessmen connected to the deposed president”. He asked, “who are they to grant time to the President to change his mind about the Constitutional Declaration when they know very well that the people have exposed the truth about their misleading lies after they falsely reported a million man march at Cairo University.

Ali Mohamed Ali, a restaurant worker, agreed and made clear that, “what these former regime papers are doing is a positive step. They rely on misleading public opinion and we as citizens don’t trust their content because of the way they thrust their opinion on citizens and because of their deliberate lies. If they stopped publishing this would be better so that the misleading lies stop and all their plans to hinder the country’s interests would end in failure because they are deceptive and have special interests and every day that passes exposes the truth about them”.

Ahmed Othman, a mathematics teacher continued, “there is a state of joy surrounding these newspapers not publishing that we haven’t seen for a long time. Nonsense spouted by people who call themselves presenters about limits on freedom of the press and expression in the constitution is completely untrue because the new constitution protects the press and its right to open newspapers through mere notification. The only restriction in the constitution is that it bans false news and libel – which is journalists’ bread and butter”.

He added, “newspaper owners have got used to publishing false news and libeling and insulting anyone whose opinion differs to their own. The media doesn’t have real influence on public opinion because the Egyptian people naturally lean towards stability and are concerned with day to day issues rather than political matters and the majority of the Egyptian people know that the media is biased and does not have a clear message with an objective and only expresses what is consistent with its ideology and interests even if this differs with the country’s interests.

Salah El-Hadad believes that the Egyptian people possess a natural intelligence and that public opinion will not be influenced. He hopes that broadcasting by these channels that have got used to falsifying truths at their will when chaos breaks out will stop broadcasting for good. They don’t want stability for the country out of concern for their own interests and personal greed which comes before the country’s interests.

He demanded purification of the whole media including state media which latter’s corruption was shown when presenter Hala Fahmy appeared on screen carrying a burial shroud in objection to the Constitutional Declaration issued by the President of the Republic and called for a referendum on it. This is unprofessional – indeed it is media thuggery. Some presenters have corruption cases against them that were shelved by the Prosecutor General and fall over themselves to create crises and obstruct the country’s march towards stability.

Sayyed El-Gammal, an accountant, added, “the media is politicised and works for its personal interests and seeks to create chaos in the country because corruption cases haven’t been opened against them, but they won’t succeed in this because it has become clear that this media is awful and doesn’t portray the reality objectively. The clearest evidence of its lack of credibility is the million-man march last Saturday that revealed the extent to which the Egyptian people trust President Mohamed Morsy and support the new constitution – unlike what the corrupt media were alleging.

Saeed Serageddin affirmed the importance of cleansing the media, furiously saying, “Please God let them close down for good. The people have had it up to here with their lies. The war now doesn’t revolve around the constitution or freedoms as they allege, the war is against Islamists and any decree issued by them will be opposed regardless of its content because we don’t have a professional, objective media. It doesn’t follow a policy of difference of opinion, rather one of love and hate. They hate Islamists and so oppose anything by Islamists and support anything Islamists oppose”.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.

Dr. Morsy: cancellation of the state of emergency is the first step towards democracy


Dr. Mohamed Morsy, head of the Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary bloc in the Egyptian parliament affirmed that his bloc supports all steps aimed at internal stability for the sake of citizens’ security and complete development for Egypt.

Responding to a statement by Interior Minister General Habib El-Adly read out before the Defence and National Security Committee on Tuesday 10 February 2004 and which did not go into details about the torture cases that security officers have been involved in recently, Dr. Morsy said in statements to “Ikhwan Online”: “the nation’s problems can only be solved through legislative stability, implementation of the law, separation of powers and enforcement of legal rulings”.

He affirmed that there exists no doubt ordinary civil and criminal law are capable of dealing with all forms crimes, violations and problems in society and there is absolutely no need to continue implementation of the Emergency Law other than in one set of circumstances – a set of circumstances that Morsy currently thinks exist – and that is the Egyptian regime’s fear that the opposition’s popularity will grow, and its fear that the standard of political, social, cultural and civilized performance in society generally will increase.

He pointed out that such growth frightens the government because it creates a genuine opposition against the corruption of government bodies and the executive branch’s frequent brutality and transgressions against the other branches of power such as judicial and legislative bodies.

Morsy pointed out that there is nothing easier than for top executive bodies in Egypt to be run according to the wills of individuals: applying the law and abiding by judicial verdicts is not an available option because it requires superior ability and energy from the state’s executive body, which must be prepared to hold people to account if they make mistakes and it is proved that the transgression was their fault.

Dr. Morsy considers that the issuing, by some officials – and especially those in the top ministries – of incorrect statements amounts to a disaster because it appears as if these officials are far removed from the Egyptian people and their economic, social and security problems.

Morsy added that many problems and transgressions take place in important and sensitive sectors. The transgressions are at the heart of citizens’ security and which constitute an obstacle to real development which, in its turn, forms the backbone to respect for human rights as well as seriousness of judicial verdicts and compliance with them and lack of manipulation of them aimed at making them lose their credibility with citizens and entrenching a police state rather than a state of law. He pointed out that respect for judicial verdicts is a test that executive bodies in Egypt have got used to failing.

Morsy underlined the importance of cancelling the state of emergency, abolishing exceptional courts and not using any excuses to justify their continuation because they represent the worst kind of transgression of human rights and freedoms. They are the responsibility of the executive authority and their cancellation constitutes a first and genuine step towards real democracy.

This is in addition to the necessary to convincing state institutions of implementing democracy which will only come with real freedom for all of society’s individuals, groups, political parties and people with ideas whatever their political tendencies, ideas or directions and as long as in the end it for the nation’s general good. This requires there to exist a belief in exchange of opinion, in transfer of power and letting the people decide, and that the Ummah is the real source of power. He said that the Muslim Brotherhood are calling for this within a peaceful framework and according to clear, well-known and documented Islamic references that guarantee people dignity and freedom, the real starting point of any reform and any national work.

Dr. Morsy said, “While Egyptian officials’ statements are characterised by detachment from reality and an absence of truth, there is a sort of truth in the statements of some officials, but it is a partial truth at odds with the nature of the age we live in and our society. He pointed out that Egypt and its people deserve more effort and sacrifice.

Originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.