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Egypt media driven by devil, says Brotherhood leader

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie says 'devil-driven' Egypt media attempting to deceive public into opposing his group

Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012
Egypt`s Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie (Photo by: Reuters)
Egypt`s Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie (Photo by: Reuters)
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Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, has said the Egyptian media is being driven by the devil into opposing his group.

"The devil is plying his trade again, but this time to make the media convince Egyptians that the Brotherhood [and the FJP] is the new National Democratic Party (NDP) that will destroy the country."

The now-defunct NDP was the ruling party of deposed president Hosni Mubarak and is accused of destroying Egypt's political life for decades.

Badie stressed that Egyptians had never been at odds with the Brotherhood. To substantiate his perspective, he referred to a conversation he had with former US president Jimmy Carter, who was in Egypt in January midway through the parliamentary elections.

"He said he [Carter] believes the Egyptian people love the Brotherhood and that the elections were transparent. This is why the Brotherhood [FJP] secured the lion's share of the seats," said Badie.

"This proves wrong the 'magicians' who have been saying that we will destroy the country and ignite strife."

When he was in Egypt, Carter said the elections witnessed some irregularities, the most frequent of which was the use of religious slogans, whether Islamic or Coptic.

The FJP and the Salafist Nour Party, the first and second largest parties in parliament, were both accused of using Islamic slogans during campaigning.

The FJP and the Nour Party are coming under heavy criticism by leftists and liberals for "dominating the constituent assembly" – the body tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution – through "unfair procedures."

A number of public figures and MPs stepped down from the assembly as a result. On Tuesday morning a number of secular political parties, independent MPs and public figures confirmed their withdrawal from the assembly at a press conference at the Journalists' Syndicate.

Independent liberal MPs Amr Hamzawy and Mohamed Abu-Hamed, among others, attended the conference.

Renowned activist Ahmed Harara, who became completely blind after losing a second eye while protesting against Egypt's ruling military council in late November (he lost the first protesting against Mubarak in January 2011), was also in attendance.

The Free Egyptians Party and the Tagammu Party were among the parties that made its presence felt at the conference.

The 100-strong constituent assembly consists of 50 MPs and 50 public figures from outside parliament.

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Karim Hari
27-03-2012 08:25pm
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smear campaign
What is this smear campaign. You want to portray the MB as backward hillbillies. In fact you fear there potential success.
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Hector M
27-03-2012 07:39pm
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Egypt media driven by devil, says Brotherhood leader
Egypt media in association with AUC jounalism faculty is truely driven by devil. These media outlets trying to tarnish the image of Egypt by following Western masters. The Egypt media needs very much clean up. As these media outlets are fanning the unnecessary protests, which are harmful to Egyptian economy. Once the constitution is implemented, these media thugs should clean up their acts.
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medo
27-03-2012 05:36pm
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so...
so, if anyone disagrees with the Muslim Brotherhood then they are being driven by the devil? If this is the belief of them, i hate to think what restrictions will be placed on the media by them via parliament.
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jan
28-03-2012 02:57pm
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maybe it is god working through media
it is only one man's opinion that it is the devil working. maybe it is the god working through media, as i see it. dont believe what mere mortals profess as god's words. and as for people recommending media control, they just want to hide the truths that are uncomfortable. if you dont like some things, dont let it happen. dont blame media for reporting it. controlling it is what the last regime did. how are you different if you still want to do it.
Zaki
28-03-2012 08:03am
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Medo, it is not that if anyone disagrees with the Muslim Brotherhood then they are being driven by the devil? it is the fact that the media is fanning discontent among people and parties. There are lot of examples, giving a huge coverage to unnecessary protests every other day. The meida gave a coverage to Coptics issue of relocation of Copts, which was already settled and resolved. The media is a vulture and sensationalize the news not considering the society's well being, but making money. The media needs a leash to put under good behavior
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