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Thursday, 10 November 2022

COP27 Finance Day + Alaa Abdel Fattah dominate the talk shows

Yesterday on COPTV…

Human rights got plenty of attention as talk show hosts continued to push back against criticism of our rights record by Western diplomats, journalists and NGOs. The back-and-forth unfolded as imprisoned activist Alaa Abdel Fattah ended his fourth day without water.

COP27 President and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 5:05) that the Abdel Fattah case is an “attempt to deflect attention” from COP27 and climate change in general.

Someone turned the dial on Ahmed Moussa up to 11: The firebrand talk show host accused UN human rights chief Volker Turk of “defending terrorists and criminals” and called the UK “the capital of terrorism” (watch, runtime: 4:44). Turk on Tuesday issued a public statement urging the government to release Abdel Fattah. Meanwhile, Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 5:50) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 5:00) had coverage of our UN ambassador, who yesterday replied to Turk in a public letter sent to Geneva.

Rep. Amr Darwish is still trying to drum up support after getting booted out of a press conference on Tuesday for shouting at Abdel Fattah’s sister, Sanaa Seif, while she was talking to journalists about her brother’s case. Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:12) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 5:11) had the story.

MEANWHILE- Al Hayah Al Youm had a full run-down on events on day four of the global climate summit, Finance Day (watch, runtime: 3:47), covering Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly’s statements on securing finance to fight climate change (watch, runtime: 2:23), the EGX’s announcement of a pan-African voluntary carbon market (watch, runtime: 0:30), and the joint statement from Egypt and the EU on establishing a new green hydrogen partnership (watch, runtime: 5:27). We have more on all of this in this morning’s news well, above.

A panel discussion by the World Youth Forum on how entrepreneurship can help achieve Egypt’s sustainable development goals got coverage from Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 0:57). Masaa DMC also has a clip of COP27 President and FM Sameh Shoukry enthusiastically talking to children about the importance of combating climate change (watch, runtime: 1:53).


  • Surging interest rates + rising inflation + decelerating economic growth + crunching living expenses for the public = a bad mix, our friend Qalaa Chairman Ahmed Heikal told Yahduth Fi Masr (watch, runtime: 3:30)
  • Increased temperatures on the back of climate change could result in the spread of several diseases, Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar told Moussa (watch, runtime: 3:42)

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