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ElBaradei warns against 'fascist' media campaign in Egypt

Former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei, under fire by opponents in his home country, criticises media campaign which 'does not uphold the value of human life'

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Sep 2013
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Former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: Reuters)
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Former Egyptian vice president Mohamed ElBaradei criticised on Sunday what he described as a fascist media campaign that does not uphold the value of human life.

On his official Twitter account, the former leader of the Constitution Party complained about a “systematic fascist campaign by ‘sovereign sources’ and ‘independent’ media that are against the insistence on upholding the value of human life and the inevitability of national consensus. Violence only begets violence.”

Several state-owned and independent media outlets have been critical of political figures, including ElBaradei, who opposed recent security measures against the Muslim Brotherhood.

ElBaradei resigned from his position as vice president on 14 August in objection to the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo by security forces, which left hundreds of protesters dead, saying he was troubled by the loss of life “particularly as I believe it could have been avoided."

Following his resignation, he left the country for Europe.

The Nobel peace laureate has been subjected to a smear campaign by some journalists and politicians who charged that his resignation was "unpatriotic" and accused him of abandoning the government at a critical moment.

ElBaradei was recently accused by opponents of collaborating with the international Muslim Brotherhood organisation to sabotage the post-Morsi government.

However, no meeting between ElBaradei and members of the Muslim Brotherhood was confirmed.

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Davor Mihailovic
30-09-2013 09:45pm
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Fascist and racist
No other qualificatives than fascist and racist for the ruling mafia at the head of Egypt on the orders of Tel Aviv.
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very very critical
30-09-2013 04:55pm
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el baradai role
El Baradai failed at all missions he was involved in. The first is to represent US interests and bend policy making in Egypt in that direction. The second is help solving key issues around the Brothers and their terrorist initiatives. The third is providing a role model for the new generation of politicians in Egypt. Those failures and others render him irrelevant to Egypt's contemporary political process. He would do his country a favor by refraining from provocative statements like the one he is doing here. I personally doubt that he will do that because of compelling external forces driving him in his direction.
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Samantha Criscione
29-09-2013 09:30pm
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El Baradei simply has no shame
Baradei has never explained precisely HOW the clearing of the Brotherhood terror camps "could have been avoided." This claim, which he made on August 14 and which was used by media around the world to pillory the Egyptian government, was followed by EU envoy Bernardino Leon's assertion that evening to Reuters that the Brotherhood had agreed to a peaceful resolution for clearing the camps, but the Egyptian government side had refused it. Leon, who 'smiles and smiles but is a villain,' was simply lying. Far from agreeing to anything the Brotherhood said -- and still says -- that there is nothing to discuss except reinstating Morsi, freeing all the Brotherhood criminals, etc. On August 6, after Leon had finished his meetings and two days before he flew out of Cairo, Ahram Online ran an article entitled, "EU envoys presented no initiatives on Egypt standoff: Islamist coalition," which reported: "The National Coalition to Support Legitimacy delegation did not discuss with the US and EU envoys any initiative proposed to end the current political crisis between Egypt's interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood in its meeting, said Tarek El-Malt, the official spokesperson of the Islamist pro-Morsi coalition and leading member of the Islamist Al-Wasat Party." So Leon and Baradei both lied with the obvious purpose of smearing Egypt for defying the West by doing what ANY coherent government would have *had* to do: remove large terrorist encampments in their capital city! And now Baradei says that those who criticize him are "fascists"!? It is amazing that when this man speaks his nose does not grow, like Pinnochio's. -- Samantha Criscione
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john hopkins
30-09-2013 04:53pm
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el baradai
I love your analysis and I think you have put your fingers on the right facts. Al Baradai failed at all missions from rescuing US influence to providing a genuine solution to the Brothers problem. He would do better by leaving Egypt alone . Egypt can also better not listenning to weak spirited people like him.
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Garry
29-09-2013 09:13pm
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Fascism rules in Egypt now
He is correct. Fascism rules Efypt today. That sums up the situation in Egypt.
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