On the Media in Egypt

Friday, April 15, 2011


This week Brooke is in Cairo looking at how and where Egyptians get their information at a time when clarity has never been more crucial and news outlets more distrusted. Brooke starts in Tahrir Square where the revolution continues, speaking with Egyptian news consumers, journalists, media-watchers and journalism professors about where Egyptian news is right now.

Comments [14]

Danielle from Miami

I was moved to tears by the conclusion of the show on the 'Egyptian Jon Stewart'. Full transcript, please.
It was inspiring, hopeful and unflinchingly sharp. It applies as well here as there.
Eventually we, too, will "want clearness in everything, in our politics, in the way we are with each other".

Apr. 29 2011 02:36 PM
Connor from Raleigh

American journalists are more than biased, the networks/shows they work for are just extensions of the political parties in this country. i agree that no one can be truly unbiased but we have moved way past the objectivity that is required of the journilist.

Apr. 24 2011 08:42 PM
KB from upstate ny

First time I've been moved to comment on anything online. Excellent. Felt like I was listening to the heart of the world, and the people that are living the beat. Especially the blogger interviewed near the middle of the program.

The pressure brought against mainstream media by the (people using the) internet is being felt across the world, and this program held Egypt up as a mirror to the rest of us. Let us learn now, early, that transparency is the way of the future. There is no going back.

Apr. 21 2011 11:25 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Uh, it was fun traveling around with Brooke and Ms. Seif and I agree with those who feel that the music and other atmospherics added punch to the story but I have a problem with calling it a revolution. A revolt, yes, but it had no defined principles, program of governing, nor really any statespeople associated with the revolt so it remains unformed and will depend heavily on Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure for survival, if indeed it does.

Still, I haven’t felt closer to the Arab street since watching Casablanca last or heard a slightly black-faced Charles Boyer intone, “Let me take you to the Casba” to Hedy Lamar.

Never saw The Battle of Algeria but I watched news clips during grammar school on t.v. of the real thing. Never saw Lawrence of Arabia either but I could always look at my Dad’s or my Camel packs to be transported in our imaginations to Egypt and Turkey; pyramids, camels, minarets and all.

Apr. 20 2011 09:53 PM
Dominique Pierce

Can't believe you found on of the original bloggers of that. Egyptian citizens encouraged by Brooke to dig deep and ponder their futures. Good luck to them all.

Apr. 19 2011 11:44 AM
Sir Tyrion

WOW! What a get Mona Seif was for this show. I had heard about the 2006 mass harrassment in downtown Cairo, it seemed like a huge focal point for the youth. Can't believe you found on of the original bloggers of that.

And she is also an bioscientist (swoons).

Apr. 18 2011 12:36 PM
Paul O'Leary from San Francisco, CA

This show was the single best hour I've heard on NPR in a long time. Thanks.

Apr. 18 2011 05:35 AM
Hazel Singer from Seattle

Thanks for the excellent show.

Apr. 17 2011 10:15 PM
burro from Santa Rosa, CA

Wonderful reporting and intelligent, invigorating conversations. I enjoyed hearing the direct observations, hopes and thoughts from these Egyptian citizens encouraged by Brooke to dig deep and ponder their futures. Good luck to them all.

Apr. 17 2011 05:49 PM
dot walk from memphis,tn.

brooke was adamant that egyptian journalists were bias in their reporting.You could say the same about american journalists.are they not bias as well?No one is completely unbias in reporting the facts of a matter.

Apr. 17 2011 03:24 PM
ed kriner from reading pa.

talking about "blatant fabrications" in Egypt is easy. Why not talk about "blatant fabrications" like Irv Halter telling us about the NATO airstrike that was called off (except that it wasn't and 13 people died) or Rep. Price with his "blatant fabrication" concerning the "reform" of Medicare/Medicaid.

Never mind. It is really On every Other Media from NPR

Apr. 17 2011 01:50 PM
MS from Cleveland

The last song on the show is Cheb Khalid, Rachid Taha, and Faudel doing a live version of "Abdel Kader."

Apr. 16 2011 06:38 PM

Anyone know the names of the songs featured here? Great story btw...

Apr. 16 2011 02:29 PM
Morty Sklar from Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y.

Wonderful reporting from Egypt, Brooke, and I'm in love with Mona Seif, from her commitment to her free laughter.

Apr. 16 2011 09:02 AM

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