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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

State Information Service and Human Rights Watch clash over Morsi’s death

Local, regional and international reactions to the death of former President Mohamed Morsi continued to get attention on the airwaves last night.

A war of words between Human Rights Watch and the State Information Service (SIS) over a series of tweets by the organization’s MENA director Sarah Leah Whitson was the main point of discussion on Al Hayah Al Youm with Lobna Assal last night (watch, runtime: 03:25). Whitson criticized the government for alleged “criminal negligence” following Morsi’s death, prompting the SIS to accuse her in a statement yesterday of spreading lies.

A meeting between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his Belarusian counterpart, President Alexander Lukashenko, also earned some airtime last night on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 03:50). El Sisi also met with a delegation of Belarusian businessmen. The two countries also signed three MoUs, including one to set up a joint business council to boost trade and investment, Hona Al Asema’s Lama Gebriel said from Minsk (watch, runtime: 08:12). We have more on this story in this morning’s Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs section, below.

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