Jun 19, 2019

Egypt Morsi TV gaffe puts spotlight on control of media

Not the case for Egypt, where ex-President Mohammed Morsi died at the age of 67 on Monday after collapsing in a courtroom during his trial on spying charges. His sudden demise barely registered in Egyptian media - in fact, papers there prioritised Egypt's hosting of the forthcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations on its front pages, and instead relegated Morsi's death to the inside pages usually designated for criminal affairs. The state-run channels failed to even mention that Morsi - the first democratically-elected leader in Egypt - was a former president, instead referring to him with his full name. EPA. Morsi had largely fallen out of the spotlight after his ousting by the military as president in 2013. "The media in Egypt is effectively controlled by the security forces," Hussein Baoumi, Amnesty International's Egypt researcher, explains.

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