I was extremely disturbed by the level of bias that the western media has, as they clearly give more weight to the perspectives of and the accusations made by the Muslim Brotherhood than the official statements made by the ministry of interior. Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate by point:
Huffington Post: Egypt Clashes: At Least 38 Morsi Supporters Killed
BBC News: Egypt crisis: ‘Scores killed’ at Cairo protest
The New York Times: Scores of Demonstrators Killed in Egypt
The Washington Post: Dozens killed as Egyptian military fires on demonstrators at Morsi rally
The last one by The Washington Post being the most alarming, as its title is not only misleading, it is completely inaccurate as it lacks hard evidence for making this assertion. All three of these articles either give less weight to or altogether disregard the following points about the clashes earlier this morning:
- The ministry of interior said that the armed forces only used tear gas and denied using live ammunition.
- They also claimed that the pro-Morsi protestors acted provocatively and initiated the violence to demonize the army and shake its popularity to gain sympathy.
- The protests were no longer peaceful. The protestors intercepted traffic and blocked a vital road. They set tires on fire. They committed acts of vandalism such as destroying the sidewalk and using it’s stones to build a defensive wall. They clashed with residence of a nearby districts and used live ammunition against them, killing many.
- There were concerns that as they headed to the 6 October bridge, the bridge would not sustain the pressure and would collapse. Against police warnings and despite the use of teargas against them, the protestors continued to advance.
- Dozens of officers were also shot and many suffer from fatal conditions.
- There is NO evidence that the security forces shot at the protestors. The interior ministry claimed that the protestors were killed in violent clashes between them and the residents of the nearby district.
This is not to say that I am unsympathetic to the dozens killed in the clashes (there are disputes over exact figures). This is not true at all. I am grief-stricken at the escalation of violence in Egypt. I am only shedding light onto the blatant western media bias that I have noticed. And this is not to say that a bias does not exist in Arabic and Egyptian state news channels. Because there is.
On a final note, I want to say this. There is a saying in Egypt that I hold close to my heart: “Kol el dam haram”. This roughly translates as “All bloodshed is a sin/immoral”. We are all children of Egypt, and I send my deepest condolences to the families of those killed.