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A prominent Islamic preacher has warned Egyptians against watching TV news, saying they were broadcast by “Pharaoh’s magicians.”
In this week’s sermon, Safwat Hegazy condemned Egyptian dailies and magazines that had been blaming Hamas for killing Egyptian forces and called on Gaza Palestinians not to “believe what is published in newspapers.”
“Pharaoh [Ramses II] had only one Haman but now there are 1,000 Hamans in Egypt,” the cleric said in reference to Haman, a Biblical character who along with Pharaoh is believed by Muslims to have rejected Prophet Moses’ call to worship the God.
Members of Egypt’s Islamist groups have recently spoken out against the many TV news talk shows and hosts that appear to be against the country’s Islamist rule.
“Quality assurance in Egyptian media is direly needed across the board,” said Dr H.A. Hellyer of the Brookings Institution. “If anything, the state media has simply switched allegiances, and pro-Islamist independent media has hardly been leading the way in non-polarizing news,” he added.
Voice of Russia, Al Arabiya