Last Night’s Talk Shows on the UNDP’s latest Egypt report
It’s not often that we can say that the airwaves were covid-free, but yesterday the nation’s talking heads managed to go the whole night without any talk of vaccines, delta, or the fourth wave. Instead, their focus was on the release of the UNDP’s Egypt Human Development Report 2021, the first such report to be released by the UN body following a ten-year hiatus. Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 3:34 | 2:18 | 3:28), Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 6:20) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:19) all had coverage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s remarks (watch, runtime: 15:18) upon the report’s launch.
Planning Minister Hala El Said phoned in to discuss the importance of the UNDP report with Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 6:04 | 8:55 | 15:00) and Yahduth Fi Masr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 4:50).
A potential cut in US aid to Egypt was also covered: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa commented on reports that the Biden administration will withhold USD 130 mn of military aid it gives to Egypt due to its human rights record (watch, runtime: 12:45). We have more on the story in this morning’s Politics section, above.