Egypt's latest unrest covered: A coup or not a coup?

How do we read the coverage of Egypt latest momentous events??

  • Biased and simplified coverage by western media

    • For the most part we have been led to believe there are basically two factions: Morsi/MB supporters vs. the Opposition. But if you dig a little deeper in the desert sand you’ll find that its not so cut and dried. One of the discrepancies is the reporting about the poor beleaguered Coptic Christians in Egypt. In fact, in a country that’s been dubbed rabidly Islamic and violent towards Christians ...»
      Frazzle Above top secret Conspirary topics Bron: Above top secret 07/07/2013
    • To CNN: You should be ashamed of yourself. Your coverage of the revolution was totally biased in favor of the MB, just like your Government. Young Egyptians are currently forming a petition called CNN..shame on you! ...»
      CNN...shame on you! Petition 43.000 signed Bron: causes.com 03/07/2013
    • So after toying with the term "coup" for a while, Pro-Morsi Western Journos are now claiming that Anti-Morsi Egyptians are "Islamophobic"?
      Lilian Wagdy Influental blogger Egypt Bron: Twitter 19/07/2013
    • Journos, Try harder. note this photo and reassess your simplistic secular v religious spin on Egypt's #revolution http://bit.ly/13geukc
      Martin Hirst Journalist Australia Bron: Twitter 30/06/2013
    • Western media keep lumping all non-Islamists together and calling them "liberal". It's very disingenuous.
      Iyad El-Baghdadi Influental opinionmaker Egypt Bron: Twitter 24/07/2013
    • While some 'Western' media tries to magnify a supposedly secular Pro-Morsi bloc, they totally ignore the anti-Morsi AND anti-SCAF bloc
      Ahmed Ateyya Egyptian journalist Bron: Twitter 21/07/2013
    • Western media is foolish to have been caught out to be so overtly pro-#Morsi. They need to be vigorously objective/evidence-based. #Egypt
      Atma Singh Kang Political thinker Egypt Bron: Twitter 07/07/2013
  • Largest ever revolution, or not?

    • The BBC is reporting from Egypt that "Millions of protesters across the country accuse the country's first Islamist president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since taking power a year ago. AP only recognized "hundreds of thousands" of protesters.
      Tom Blumer Columnist NewsBusters Bron: NewBusters 01/07/2013
    • This was a popular and genuine uprising against Morsi. These were undeniably the largest ever and the most self-driven protests in Egypt's history.
      Bassem Sabry Egyptian political analyst Bron: Al Monitor 04/07/2013
    • The military exaggerates when it comes to the number of protesters. They regurlarly broadcasted helikopter views from the demonstration and spoke about millions of Egyptians on Tahrir square. But there were an estimated 250.000 people. ...»
      Roel Geeraedts Correspondent RTL Bron: Personal interview 22/07/2013
    • Previous (pro-Morsi) retweet: "Experts say that no more than 100,000 protesters went down today in all of #Egypt, rest is media inflation"
      Iyad El-Baghdadi Influental opinion maker Bron: Twitter 30/06/2013
    • I daresay these are the biggest protests since (and including) #Jan25. No violence. Encourages more people to go down. #Egypt #June30
      Iyad El-Baghdadi Influental opinionmaker Bron: Twitter/Storify 30/06/2013
    • A military source said as many as 14 million people in this nation of 84 million took part in Sunday's demonstrations in sweltering heat. There was no independent way to verify that estimate, which seemed implausibly high, but the armed forces used helicopters to monitor the crowds. ...»
      Reuters Press agency Bron: Reuters 30/06/2013
  • Partiality in coverage by Egyptian media

    • Unfortunately, moderate voices are largely lost. Many media personalities are spreading lies and rumours and are fabricating stories instead of professional reportage. One journalist told me: When it comes to Morsi and the Brotherhood, I am a political activist not a journalist. On the other hand, some of the Islamist media outlets are also spreading inaccruate news about the oppostion. ...»
      Nadia Abou El-Magd Journalist Egypt Bron: Listening Post
    • Egyptian media were dreadful during the latest episodes of the Egyptian revolution. The spread rumours, particularly about international media.
      Roel Geeraedts Correspondent RTL - Middle East Bron: Personale interview 22/07/2013
    • In this episode of the revolutions in Egypte, things have turned around. Earlier, supporters of Mubarak intimidated media. Now the anti-Morsi forces threaten international media. And the Moslim Brotherhood, not so approachable most of the times, now suddenly embrace the media. ...»
      Roel Geeraedts Foreign correspondent RTL - Middle East Bron: Personal interview 22/07/2013
    • With Morsi, the middle ground of the Egyptian media space is gone. Many of the so called independent media outlets - that were estableshed after Mubarak fell - continue to rail against the Brotherhood. Those defending or were affiliated to the Brotherhood, were shut down. ...»
      Al Jazeera Listening Post Broadcaster Bron: Listening Post
    • Egyptian media is otherwise known as the ugly, uglier, ugliest. State television tops the list. They are consistently pro regime and disrespective of the masses. Satellite television has been a source of independent television. That has changed radically, too. They express ulta-nationalistic views and are extremely agressive. This benefits no one. ...»
      Amr khalifa Journalist Global Village Voices Bron: Al Jazeera
    • Reports suggest that 22 member of staff have resigned from the Egyptian arm of Al Jazeera after complaining of pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias within the organisation
      Gulf News Press agency Bron: Global Research
    • I resigned from Al Jazeera. It has turned itself into a propaganda channel for the Muslim Brotherhood group. “They are far away from being professional. When the Muslim Brotherhood collapsed, they continued to play the role.” ...»
      Abdel Latif el-Menawy Reporter Al Jazeera Egypt Bron: Al Arabiya 09/07/2013
    • Look what a happiness, look! Our army is honorable, your sorrow has been lifted, Egyptian. Jubilation in Egyptian TV Studios following Morsi's Ouster ...»
      MemriTV Middle East Media Research institute Explores media Bron: MemriTV 04/07/2013
    • Listening to probably the best talkshow on Egyptian television. Guest: "Western media are paid to send out a certain message".
      Rena Netjes Arabist, correspondent Dutch media Bron: Twitter 09/07/2013
    • The coverage of the protests in Egypt came to be seen as a sign of the foreign policy preferences of Qatar, which owns Al-Jazeera, as well as those of the backers of its rival Al-Arabiya, which is owned by members of the Saudi royal family, the two traditional titans of the Arab media landscape. ...»
      Kareem shaheen Reporter Egypt Bron: Daily Star 04/07/2013
  • Was it a coup or not?

    • It’s all cut and dry for the all-knowing western media who decided to label what happened a 'coup', not caring for what many Egyptians themselves think happened. What happened on 3 July, when Defence Minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi read the statement ousting Morsi, has a very complex background of events that many western media outlets chose to ignore, so allow me to explain the point of view of anti-Morsi protesters....Did any of your team tell you that the arrest warrants are the result of formal complaints filed months ago against all Brotherhood leaders from people who lost relatives in Moqattam and the presidential palace clashes for killing unarmed civilians, but were put on hold because of the pro-Brotherhood Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah? I guess not. ...»
      Sara Abou Bahr Journalist Daily News Egypt Bron: Daily News Egypt 07/07/2013
    • This is NOT a coup, and Mursi's Egypt was NOT a democracy. 20 + million Egyptians filled all Egypt’s streets for multiple consecutive days to say NO to Mursi in demonstrations considered as the largest in history of mankind. These demonstrations were led by civilians and young activists. The Army only played the role of facilitator in the end, and portraying what happened as a simple coup d’etat is just pure misrepresentation of facts. ...»
      Anonymous Comment threat The Economist Bron: The Economist 04/07/2013
    • But why a coup? There are plenty of complaints about Morsi, including that he manipulated the judiciary. But the charges with the most popular resonance have to do with the economy, and that, fundamentally, is a ballot-box issue, not cause for a constitutional crisis. If this is a philosophical problem with Islamism rather than a matter of seizing power, how is it that a rival Islamist party has given the coup its support? ...»
      Amy Davidson Columnist The New Yorker Bron: The New Yorker 06/07/2013
    • One thing that was easy: to critique the performance of many in the media, who either went along with the “this-is-not-a-real-coup” meme for quite a while or pictured the huge crowds in Tahrir Square as representing nearly all Egyptians. They acted as if this was not a military coup but more like a “coup-coup-ca-choo” as the Beatles might have warbled. Fortunately, as days passed, “coup” did find its way into most accounts, even if highly qualified at times. ...»
      Greg Mitchell Columnist The Nation Bron: The Nation 08/07/2013
    • The overthrow of President Morsi may seem like a military coup. But to all intents and purposes it is not. The call for Morsi’s ousting was made by millions of Egyptians who went out on the streets for four days in a row, raising Egyptian flags and chanting one word directed at him: “Erhal”, meaning, “leave, depart”. Without the presence of those millions on the streets and their determination to get rid of Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, the military would certainly not have intervened. ...»
      Amira Nowaira Columnist The Guardian Bron: The Guardian 04/07/2013
    • Overthrowing Mohamed Morsi is not a power hungry undemocratic coup; it is simply the most practical manifestation of the people’s right to rule their own country.
      Ziad Akl Journalist Daily News Egypt Bron: Daily News Egypt 20/07/2013
    • So far, The Associated Press is not characterizing the overthrow as a "coup," using purely descriptive terms like "the overthrow of Morsi by the military." In an English-language tweet, deposed President Mohammed Morsi said the military had staged a "full coup." The military rejected the term, saying in a statement it never engages in coups but "always stands by the will and aspirations of the glorious Egyptian people for change and reform." ...»
      AP Press agency Bron: Huffington Post 03/07/2013
    • It was a coup! Yes, there were many many demonstrators on Tahrir. However it was eventually the army who brought down Morsi. Ergo: a coup
      Roel Geeraedts Foreign correspondent RTL Bron: personal interview 23/07/2013
    • The West and Egypt's military coup: "That's wrong and disgusting… Oh, here's your foreign aid." @SultanAlQassemi
      Tilo Jung German Journalist Bron: Twitter 17/07/2013
    • Yes, this is a military coup. But without people power, no change could have taken place. I hold on to a hope that Egyptians have learned a lesson from the past two and a half years, that they will ensure that this new “transitional period” will be a time for laying the groundwork for true democracy. ...»
      Sara Korshid Egyptian journalist Bron: New York Times 07/07/2013
  • Hail Morsi's ouster or not

    • Admittedly, it’s been hard from the start to issue a firm opinion on the coup in Egypt, as principles (democracy) have clashed with real grievances from a very large number of the populace (including many “liberals” and “secularists” and young people and the poor). ...»
      Greg Mitchell Columnist The Nation Bron: The Nation 08/07/2013
    • The ultimate losers in this week’s coup will be those who cheered it on. Egyptians may claim there was something unique about the people-power-backed military coup that unfolded Wednesday in Cairo. But the world has witnessed many such putsches in the past half-century. From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, crowds have begged generals to oust democratically elected governments and cheered when they responded. Without exception, the results have been dismal: violence, if not civil wars; massive human rights violations; decades-long political conflicts. ...»
      Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor Washington Post Bron: Washington Post 05/07/2013
    • Syrian Regime urges Morsi to step down after protests :)
      wissamtarif Human Rights activist Worked in Syria, Lebanon Bron: Twitter 04/07/2013
    • On Twitter, several international journalists were slightly euforic, enthousiastic about Morsi's ousting. But why jubilation?
      Roel Geeraedts Foreign correspondent RTL - Middle East Bron: personal interview 23/07/2013
    • Once the army gave the “48 hour ultimatum” no one could doubt there was a coup. People should have stopped cheering.
      Ali Abunimah Egyptian Author Bron: Twitter 27/07/2013
  • Violent clashes July 27th: conflicting death tolls

    • According to the Moslims Brotherhood, 70 people have died. However, AL Jazeera says there are 120 deads and the states press agency MENA speaks about 75 dead
      RTL News Dutch broadcaster Bron: rtlnieuws.nl
    • 127 dead and 4,500 injured, 700 of which suffered gunshot wounds and 3,500 injured due to tear gas in violence on Saturday
      Daily News Egypt Egypt's independent Newspaper Bron: Daily News Egypt 28/07/2013
    • Saturday over 80 Morsi supporters were killed in clashes with police forces in response to a call made by Egyptian armed forces chief and defence minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi requesting popular support to confront "violence and terrorism." ...»
      Al-Ahram State-run newspaper Egypt Bron: Ahram Online 30/07/2013
    • The actual death count is still somewhat in dispute: the Health Ministry confirms 65 deaths and the Brotherhood claims the true number is nearly twice as high.
      Time Magazine News Magazine Bron: Time 28/07/2013
    • Since the June 30 demonstrations against Mohamed Morsy, at least 265 people have lost their lives to political violence. That total includes both pro- and anti-Morsy protesters, security forces, Copts killed in sectarian violence, and police and civilians killed in attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula. The true death toll is probably higher. This count relies on media reports and Health Ministry statements, which may not provide a complete accounting of the dead. Furthermore, doctors at the pro-Morsy sit-in say 127 people were killed in last night's clashes, so the official count from that attack could still rise significantly. ...»
      David Kenner Associate Editor Foreign Policy magazine Bron: Foreign Policy magazine 27/07/2013
    • Turkish state agency put the death toll at over 200 (note: Turkey is ruled by the Islamist Justice and Development Party and sayign coups are damaging the nation)
      Hurriyet daily news Turkish news agency Bron: Hurriyet 27/07/2013
Mattermap door , Gemma van der Kamp. 26 juli 2013