The objective of the research project is to examine Egypt's journalistic conflicts over autonomy during the transformation phase after the revolutionary uprisings of 2011.
Theoretically, journalism can be understood as a social subsystem that tries to establish its own rules in accordance with the prevailing conditions. At the center of this project are the processes, speeches and measures with which journalists negotiate professional autonomy during the transformation phase in Egypt.
Suddenly, the production of bloggers, online radio and news operations on social networks, which were part of the wave of action against dictatorship and repression, posed an explicit challenge to journalists from state and commercial media companies that were more directly subject to the government controls.
While different interest groups fight for the future of the country, analyze the initiatives of journalists to restructure publicly owned media and ensure a safe and open environment in which to work.
Egyptian journalists face “bewildering” threats
This has been described as "the worst moment to be a journalist" in the history of Egypt. Egypt is among the three main jailers of journalists in the world. Reporters Without Borders ranks Egypt 161 out of 180 countries in its press freedom index.
Egyptian journalists’ accusation that operating in the midst of a series of implicit and explicit restrictions has caused irreparable damage to the profession, in addition to limiting their ability to report on serious human rights and political issues throughout the country.
“This is the worst moment to be a journalist in Egypt in recent decades.”
Today, the Sisi government actively instructs Egypt's mainstream media on the issues that should be covered and how.
In Egypt, journalism is an offence
In Egypt, independent thinking and journalism have become an offence, while the real offence of state propaganda is, in a way, seen as journalism.
Exactly how the players of propaganda power have become the "journalists" of the state and how journalists have been criminalized is the kind of deceptive dynamic initiated by the State that has strengthened the most repressive repression in the modern history of the Egyptian media.
What is really at pale
In the theater of shades that are modern Egyptian media, no one is innocent and all parties have itineraries.
However, there are people driven by professional respect, a devotion to the truth and a love for the nation, while others carry a contemptuous sword in defense of a man under whose leadership his brothers have been killed, imprisoned and contrived.
Freedom of the press in Egypt is not only about 63 Egyptian journalists bulldozed in silence in Sisi’s prisons, or control of narration. It's a matter of deductive thinking.
Without an alternative narrative, the Egyptians, for the most part, will continue to be clay in the hands of the government, watching television as the days pass.
But this is an overly optimistic government that underestimates the minds of 93 million Egyptians. Some governments only teach the lesson the firm way.
Egypt journalists suffer from the lack of the resources, which are so important for their work. Even the largest Egyptian newspapers and television channels have no money to provide their journalists and editors with computers and internet connections.
Reported By Umanga Buddhini Wackista-aratchie.
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