Egypt Watch

The General Intelligence tightens the screws on the opposition in the media

A source in the United Media Services has revealed that the company had instructed its staff not to publish any news about the Civil Democratic Movement and its political efforts.

The General Intelligence company also instructed its channels and newspapers not to hold interviews with the founder of the Popular Movement, Hamdeen Sabahi, the head of the Reform and Development Party, Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, the leader of the Karama Party, Ahmed Tantawi, and the founder of the Conservatives Party, Akmal Kartam.

As a result, since last Sunday, the company’s many television channels, newspapers and news sites have stopped publishing any news related to the movement or its members.

The source added that this comes due to the dissatisfaction of security authorities with what was said during a meeting held in the Conservatives Party headquarters, in which Sabahi touched on the issue of Tiran and Sanafir. The former head of the Wafd Party, Al-Sayed Al-Badawi, said that the current national dialogue between the regime and the opposition is similar to the infamous discussions during the era of Hosni Mubarak.

The meeting was attended by the Dignity Party, the Socialist People’s Alliance Party, the Conservatives Party, the Constitution Party, the Egyptian Socialist Party, Reform and Development Party. Al-Sadat also issued a statement expressing his dissatisfaction with assigning the organization and management of the national dialogue to institutions run by security agencies, as he put it.