Breaking News and Inconsistent Media Standards in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Basil El-Dabh

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Late Sunday night, following accounts on social media and unconfirmed reports of a tragedy, the Ministry of Interior confirmed that a group of Mexican tourists and their Egyptian guides had been mistakenly targeted by security forces in the Western Desert. The military attack killed 12 and wounded 10—officials have been slow to clarify the nationalities of the victims—and the ministry was quick to claim the tourists were in a “restricted area,” where military operations had been taking place. The tragedy stands out as unique in many respects, but was just the latest incident to result in confusion, opaqueness, and contradictions between different government agencies and witnesses…

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