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Monday, 23 September 2019

El Sisi’s in New York, gov’t slum development plan on Egypt’s airwaves

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s trip to New York dominated the airwaves for the second day in a row, setting what we expect will be the theme of the week on the airwaves. El Sisi is set to address world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit, which kicks off later today, Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal reports (watch, runtime: 7:47). Co-host Khaled Abu Bakr, who is in New York with the president, phoned home to give a report on El Sisi’s meetings yesterday. We have more in Diplomacy + Foreign Trade, below.

El Sisi’s meeting with UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Qu Dongyu was of particular interest to Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim, who highlighted “the close cooperation” between Egypt and FAO in the fields of food safety, food security, and agricultural development (watch, runtime: 2:18).

Gov’t meeting on slums, social housing: Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly’s meeting with the cabinet economic group to discuss a government plan to develop slum areas and relocate residents in these areas to social housing got some airtime on Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 12:54). Head of the Slum Development Fund Khaled Seddik phoned in to tell Ibrahim that the government has spent EGP 22 bn to date on slum development.

The talking heads gave passing mention to demonstrations this weekend. El Hekaya’s Amr Adib — whose big interview of the night was with Mahmoud El Sisi, MD of the 19011 pharmacy chain (watch, runtime: 2:01) — launched a diatribe against social media as it pertains to recent protests. Adib said people are using trending topics on Twitter as an inaccurate proxy for support of the protests and that the Ikhwan is pushing the story through fake social media accounts (watch, runtime: 7:32). He also made sure to highlight a pro-government demonstration in Suez (watch, runtime: 2:12).

Assal also had a lengthy segment running down the foreign press’ coverage of this weekend’s developments, saying that some outlets — including Al Jazeera “and the likes” — have been painting an inaccurate image by using old footage from the 2011 revolution and recent footage of football fans crowding the streets following the Super Cup (watch, runtime: 42:56)

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