Egypt's media embrace military after Morsi ouster

Associated Press
Egypt's media embrace military after Morsi ouster

In this Thursday, July 11, 2013 photo, journalist Sabah Hamamou speaks on the phone inside the offices of the flagship state daily newspaper, Al-Ahram in Cairo. Egypt's independent and state media have wholeheartedly embraced the military's coup that ousted Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and are unquestionably promoting the generals' crackdown on the Islamists. When autocrat Hosni Mubarak fell after popular protests in 2011, journalist Sabah Hamamou hoped for change at her newspaper, Al-Ahram, the state-owned media flagship with an editorial line firmly controlled by the regime. Hamamou and some of her fellow journalists held demonstrations, issued petitions and pressed editors for the paper to break from state dictates and adopt independent, objective coverage. Change never came. First, the military rulers who took over after Mubarak tightly controlled the paper. Once Mohammed Morsi became president, his Muslim Brotherhood stepped in and pushed coverage their direction. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

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