Egypt's Widening Crackdown on Dissent

Friday, January 31, 2014

Transcript

Three years after the euphoric toppling of Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime, there’s a tragic sense of déjà vu in Egypt. The military-led government is smothering dissent, whether it comes from the Muslim brotherhood, liberal activists, bloggers, or journalists. In a landscape in which both state and private media toe the military line, the online newspaper Mada Masr is a rare independent voice. Bob speaks with the paper’s editor-in-chief, Lina Attalah, about how she’s experiencing the crackdown.  

Guests:

Lina Attalah

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [1]

Susan Dempsey from New York City

Accidentally heard Garfield's interview today and was stunned that he suggested that Attalah turned a blind eye to reporting events in Egypt and potentially put her life at risk.

Perhaps NPR and "On the Media" should look at their reporting of President Obama over the last five and one-half years (longer if you consider fawning coverage during the 2008 campaign). Where was (and is) factual coverage of: Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the Affordable Care Act, unlawful use of executive orders (at least explain the differences between those signed by Clinton and Bush),and much more.

If there is such a thing as a "selfie" interview, this was it.

Feb. 01 2014 08:36 AM

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