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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Last night’s talk shows on Thursday, 14 November 2019

It was one of the quietest nights on the airwaves that we’ve seen in a while. We’ve rounded up most of the topics that kept the talking heads busy, including the UN’s review of Egypt’s human rights record and President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to the UAE.

Egypt’s human rights record is put under the microscope: The UN Human Rights Council held its periodic review of Egypt’s human rights case in Geneva yesterday. The US, UK and Germany all called on the authorities to investigate instances of abuse and to release journalists detained following September’s protests. The story earned plenty of digital ink in the global press. We have more in this morning’s Egypt in the News below.

Nothing to see here, folks: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr said most UN discussions and international talks on human rights are highly politicized and only objective “10% of the time” (watch, runtime: 7:58). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hossary, meanwhile, interviewed the foreign minister’s human rights aide Ahmed Gamal El Din, who said that torture and enforced disappearances cannot happen in Egypt because the country is a signatory to the UN’s Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (watch, runtime: 4:18).

El Sisi in UAE also gets some airtime: The president landed in Abu Dhabi yesterday for a two-day visit for talks with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The talking heads covered the story with the predictable generalities. “Strategic cooperation,” “Arab affairs,” and “mutual interest” all reared their ugly heads, telling us precisely nothing about the reasons for the visit. Abu Bakr (watch, runtime: 6:55), El Hosary (runtime: 3:03), and Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (runtime: 1:32) all said words. We recap the story in What We’re Tracking Today, above.

Seven killed, 16 injured in oil pipeline fire: An oil pipeline leak in Beheira led to severe fire that killed seven and injured 16 others, the Health Ministry spokesman told Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 2:52). Local press reported yesterday that the fire occurred after people attempted to steal fuel. The pipeline is owned by Tanta Petroleum Pipe Company.

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