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CARTOON| Egypt’s Response to Terror Attacks – Loading…

August 25, 2015
Reporter: “This just in; a huge explosion has just rocked Cairo. What’s your comment sir?” Military spokesman: “Loading..”
Reporter: “This just in; a huge explosion has just rocked Cairo. What’s your comment sir?”
Military spokesman: “Loading..”

In the rise of more restrictive conditions on press in Egypt, especially after the ratification of the anti-terrorism law, journalists now face more obstacles as they carry out their basic reporting duties.

The anti-terrorism law, passed on August 16, stipulates that journalists contradicting official accounts of militant attacks can be fined between EGP 200,000 (app. $US 26,000) and EGP 500,000 (app. $US 64,000). However, with slow responses to terrorist attacks such as the huge explosion that rocked Cairo on Thursday -followed by two days of utter silence and absence of official statements- journalism is likely to face more instances of paralysis.

Comments (10)

  1. Minymina says:

    The media has a profound impact on our understanding of everyday events. False news can be disastrous and wipe out everything we’ve achieved.

    When terrorists tried to attack the armed forces last month in Sinai, the media was reporting hundreds of dead soldiers. In reality, only 17 soldiers died and over 100 dead militants. The military was then forced to publish pictures of the dead terrorists on its Facebook page.

    Where did the media get these ridiculous numbers? Twitter!!. Journalists, who we depond on to deliver the news, used Twitter as their source of information. Releasing false news that caused our stock market to plummet and helped to spread fear amongst Egyptians all over the country.

    This law places a penalty for on journalists who report $h!t without fact checking and verifying the authenticity of their “sources.” Egyptian Streets and other media publications can b!tch as they please but this law exists so that you bastards take care when reporting the news instead of publishing complet $h!t in the hopes of being the first to publish it.

  2. Atwater says:

    Nice artwork, But this is as funny as cancer