For beginning, I have a question: if there are problems and restrictions on communications, why Al-Jazeera TV can to broadcast LIVE without problems, from the main cities of Egypt (Alexandria, Cairo, Suez) ? And how can the authorities of Egypt allow this ?
If you wish to see the uprising in Egypt LIVE: Al-Jazeera TV
Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt … North Africa in the last two weeks became the scene of violent protests against the regimes in power. It is true that we’re talking about some oppressive regimes with old «payroll». But will the uprisings change the future of these countries ? An extensive Islamic revolution ? A counter-revolution ? What are we talking exactly ? Let’s clarify one thing: President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old rule. And Egypt is in a perpetual state of emergency and human rights violations over two decades. The world’s democracies were not disturbed by this ? More, Tunisia is in some ways the most European country of North Africa. It boasts a relatively large middle class, liberal social norms. United States officials have given it high marks for its aggressive prosecution of terrorism suspects. But “until January 2011 it also had one of the most repressive governments in a region full of police states, and levels of corruption among its elite that became intolerable once the economic malaise that has gripped southern Europe spread to the country, sending unemployment and public resentment skyrocketing”, noticed New York Times. So, where is the true ? Why now ? Of course, sociologists say that social tensions have accumulated over time. And now it has reached a critical level. The rest is social contagion. I reserve the right to have doubts on the spontaneity of these events. The fall of the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe proved to be a carefully staged operetta. The discontent of the population was only the detonator’s fuse.
But at the same time we’re talking about countries with a majority Muslim population. More, Egypt is a special case — a heavyweight in Middle East diplomacy, in part because of its peace treaty with Israel, and a key ally of the United States. The country, often the fulcrum on which currents in the region turn, also has one of the largest and most sophisticated security forces in the Middle East. The media continually builds an association of Islam with war, instability and repression, creating a false stereotype. Coverage of Islam has turned into an industry specialising in the engineering of images, scenes, and messages. Islam became a local and globalised issue at once, transmitted in countless daily images across the globe. As darkness began to fall on Egypt, Al Jazeera reported that convoy of army tanks roll through Cairo street. So, who’s next? Propaganda in State mass-media of Syria and Eritrea says that there’s not possible. Libya’s leader Gadaffi is still in favor with the great powers ? I suppose so. But never know …
Update: January 29, 2011
The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network’s licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said. In reply, an Al Jazeera spokesman said it strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government. The network received notification from the Egyptian authorities on Sunday morning. “Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists” the statement said.
Regardless of how events will be finalized, one thing is clear: Mubarak losing media war. And this is crucial for his fate.