Washington, Aug. 19: The Egyptian government has reportedly accused foreign media of presenting ‘biased coverage’ of events in the nation facing unrest even as journalists face assault on the streets of Cairo as they tried to do their job.
The country’s official foreign press coordination said that Egypt feels that some western media coverage is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and is ignoring to shed light on violent and terror acts perpetrated by the group in the form of intimidation operation and terrorizing citizens, the Washington Times reports.
The report said that on Saturday alone, half a dozen reporters faced intimidation, assault and detention by both authorities and unofficial vigilante gangs when they tried to cover the siege of a mosque in downtown Cairo.
The Middle East and North Africa coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sherif Mansour called the situation facing reporters in Egypt unprecedented and said that journalists are in more danger than they were under Hosni Mubarak.
Spokesman for the presidency, Mostafa Hegazi said that many of the stories are missing on the international media, thereby accusing the failure of the media to cover the violence done by the Muslim Brotherhood group and the number of victims as a result of the attacks.
However, the report said that, many journalists have covered these events, with reporters traveling to towns where police were attacked and churches burned in the days after the violence started in which men seemingly associated with the said group incited violence. (ANI)