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Sunday, 22 September 2019

El Sisi in New York, Friday protests on Egypt’s airwaves

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's arrival in New York for the UN General Assembly high-level meetings was at the top of all the talking heads’ agendas last night.

El Sisi’s speech at the UNGA will focus on counterterrorism and combating extremism, Masaa DMC's Eman El Hosary said (watch, runtime: 1:49). The president is also expected to hold meetings with several world leaders in the lead-up to and on the sidelines of the meetings. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr, meanwhile, gave his co-host a report from New York (watch, runtime: 6:17).

The president is set to plug investments in Egypt in a series of sit-downs scheduled with major US companies and other institutions, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib over the phone (watch, runtime: 4:55).

Friday’s protests in Cairo and other cities also earned some airtime. Adib told his viewers that the demonstrations were led mostly by the children of incarcerated Ikhwan members and were short-lived (watch, runtime: 8:04). Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal spent a significant chunk of time warning viewers that some of the protest coverage was fabricated, saying calls to protest should not be followed blindly (watch, runtime: 28:04).

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