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19/01/2012

Egypt, the Year After – Media Revolution Only Beginning

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shahira Amin*, Cairo

One year after the mass uprising that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to relinquish power, Egyptians are still waiting for comprehensive media reforms that would pave the way for democracy. The military authorities controlling the country in the transitional period have yet to loosen their tight grip on the media and purge Egyptian state media of corrupt employees.

**Image: the Eye of Horus. Author: Jeff Dahl | Wikimedia Commons

The media scene is more vibrant and diverse than it was under Mubarak’s authoritarian regime, but even after the launch of new private TV channels and publications, and the debut appearances of opposition figures on the small screen, some media analysts claim the reforms are not deep enough to effect tangible change.

Red lines remain that cannot be crossed. In the old days Mubarak was the red line. Today, it is the ruling military council or SCAF,” [Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] says journalist Khaled Dawoud who works for state-sponsored Al Ahram.

From the outset, the interim military government issued directives for any media coverage of the military to be sent to the Armed Forces Morale Affairs Department for review before broadcast or publication.

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