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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

El Sisi’s visit to New York continues to dominate Egypt’s airwaves

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s ongoing visit to New York continued to dominate the airwaves last night. The talking heads also still emphasizing what they say is the role of the Ikhwan in inciting protests this past weekend.

Among the highlights from the UNGA: Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim had a live broadcast of the press conference by El Sisi and US President Donald Trump (watch, runtime: 6:45), while Al Hayah Al Youm gave airtime to the president’s speech on universal health coverage (watch, runtime: 8:15). Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr also reported from New York on El Sisi’s meetings with top execs from American companies active in Egypt during a banquet hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce. We have the full story in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

The Ikhwan is using fabricated videos and disseminating false news as part of its attempts to sow dissent in Egypt, Beshir Abdel Fattah, an analyst at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, told Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim. Abdel Fattah said the group is going bankrupt and is reliant on political and financial support from foreign entities (watch, runtime: 6:38). The analyst also surmised that the group is trying to undermine Egypt’s economic progress over the past several years (watch, runtime: 6:40).

Social media manipulation was once again the main focus of Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal’s coverage of the protests (watch, runtime: 52:19). Assal and El Hekaya’s Amr Adib gave a shout-out to pro-government demonstrators in Suez for taking to the streets for a second consecutive day (watch, runtime: 2:07 and runtime: 2:35).

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