42 words on page 3: How Morsi died in Egyptian newspapers

Source: Madamasr

Author(s): Madamasr

Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/18/feature/politics/42-words-on-page-3-how-morsi-died-in-egyptian-newspapers/

If Egypt’s daily newspapers are your only source of news, you might have woken up to discover that a citizen by the name of Mohamed Morsi al-Ayat died yesterday during a court hearing on espionage charges.  

In actuality, the seemingly unremarkable 67-year-old was the first democratically elected, civilian president of Egypt. A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he was elected in June 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military on the back of popular protests.

This information was irrelevant to the June 18 editions of Egypt’s newspapers, which conspicuously dropped any reference to Morsi’s presidency. The homogeneity was even starker: the majority of newspapers published the same 42-word news article to announce the death of the former president.

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