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3 out of 5 on 'all-Egyptian' constitution banner likely aren't Egyptian
Only two people on the huge banner displayed at a Sunday press conference on draft constitution seem to be Egyptians, and the word 'Egyptian' was misspelled
Ahram Online, Sunday 15 Dec 2013
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Egypt's outgoing constituent assembly chairman Amr Moussa (C) attends a news conference in Cairo December 15, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's outgoing constitution-amending committee has repeatedly stressed that it has drafted a national charter that represents all Egyptians. The huge banner reading "All Egyptians Constitution" hanging in the background during Sunday's international press conference, however, barely reflected their assertion. Three out of the five people whose images were used on the banner appear to be foreigners.

The first figure from the far left is a photo of a man dressed as a doctor. Twitter users circulated the same exact photo of the man appearing in an advertisement for a website registered in Arizona, USA that sells treatments for stretch marks.

Next to the "doctor" appears a woman whose picture shows up on the homepage of the Irish website Network Ireland, which labels itself as "business networking for women across Ireland."

The photo of the second person from the right is currently used by AZ Business Magazine – also registered in Arizona, USA – in an article about down syndrome patients.

The photo of an Egyptian soldier on the far right of the banner was taken during the first 18 days of the 2011 uprising by Ahram Online reporter Rowan El-Shimi. It was used without her permission. The photo was posted on the writer's blog in February, 2011.

The picture in the middle of the banner of what seems to be an Egyptian farmer was taken by czech photographer Frantisek Staud.

Moreover, the word "Egyptians" in Arabic (Misreyeen) – placed above the photos on the huge banner – is misspelled. Instead, missing one letter, the banner uses the Arabic word for "determined" (Mosireen).

The press conference was chaired by committee head Amr Moussa to answer questions pertaining to the national charter that will be put to a public referendum on 14 and 15 January.

Many social media users responded to the banner with sarcasm.

Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fathy, for instance, tweeted: "A constitution for all Irishmen."

Correction: Frantisek Staud the photographer who took the picture of the man in the middle of the banner is Czech and not Polish as we mentioned before.





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abdulrahman
21-12-2013 03:29am
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The Banner Is Self Explanatory
The banner tells the whole world what the constitutional draft document is all about. It is not for the Egyptians.
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Frantisek Staud
17-12-2013 09:58pm
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the farmer picture
The picture in the middle, the Egyptian farmer, was indeed taken by myself. I did not grant permission - it is used in this campaign without my knowledge. And I am Czech, not Polish, btw.
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Osama
16-12-2013 10:24pm
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oh man
what a joke! i dont understand why they would try to pass of 2 clearly american looking dudes as Egyptians, do they think people are that stupid? That said, dont let a stupid banner distract us from the real issues here!
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Mike K
16-12-2013 09:15pm
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Well
They planned to use Egyptians but the models/actors all turned up late (or not at all) So, they were forced to improvise :)
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TT
16-12-2013 11:10am
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What about sentence construction??
A reflection of the arrogant illiteracy (ignorance) existing across the land .. And, how come no one noticed the incorrect "All Egyptians Constitution "All Egyptian's Constitution" Better still "Constitution for all Egyptians" #Blah
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Allen
16-12-2013 08:03am
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The errors must be intentional.
When the Muslim brotherhood postings here show such an incredible level of illiteracy. They must have been accommodating the brotherhood illiterates with that fiasco of a poster. All kidding asside, who cares what nationality these people look like? No excuses on all other errors, get with it guys!
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Reslan
16-12-2013 06:58am
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How about the contitution...
Its symbollically says lot....about constitution...
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Karim
16-12-2013 06:07am
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Egyptians is not misspelled
Hi, The intro to your article says the word "Egyptian" was misspelled. I see the word "Egyptians", the collective word for Egyptian. Am I missing something??
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Bent
16-12-2013 09:55pm
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'Egyptians' are not misspelled
It is indeed misspelled. The correct spelling is 'Egyptian's'
reader
16-12-2013 07:16pm
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it is
the word "in arabic" the article says.. that's what ur missing.. and indeed it is misspelled..
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S
16-12-2013 01:11am
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Failure
How hard is it to get photos of five Egyptians through legal means?? I mean is the failure at its best or what??
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