Fabrication or Laziness? Appalling Errors in The Daily Telegraph Cairo Report

Once Fleet Street greatest paper on accuracy and checking facts thoroughly, the Daily Telegraph, unfortunately following the Guardian and the BBC in overlooking facts reporting rumours or views based on second-guessing as factual news.

Take today’s telegraphs report from their Cairo stringer, free-lance hackette Lousia Loveluck. entitled “Egypt’s Islamist crackdown intensifies” . The report contains some  factual errors which would fail A level media study students.

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British Public Misled by Journalists’ Failure to research Muslim Brothers Terrorism

Not only our news organisations, Broadcast and Fleet Street ( and the American ones across the pond)  covering Egypt failed to do any research on Muslim Brotherhood history of and association with terrorism, they also omit, from their copy or videos, historic facts, personalities and information vital to the narrative thus misleading British listeners, viewers and readers.

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Buying into Media-set Egypt Narrative, Willam Hague Risks British Interests

By constructing false and untrue narrative of the Egyptian Crisis the BBC, followed by other liberal left media, then copied by nearly all, is harming long-term British interests in Egypt and the Middle East region, especially with our Foreign Secretary William Hague unwisely following a foolish European course threatening Egypt while Cairo  influential and rich  Gulf allies led by Saudi Arabia have already warned the  European Union against such folly. It seems that BBC  led other left-wing/liberal media in setting the agenda to convince the British chattering classes and the larger political establishment of a false narrative of the crisis in Egypt. A false narrative and analysis which is not only misleading and doesn’t reflect reality on the ground, but also causing anger and resentment among the vast majority of Egyptians and their interim government, which, alongside the military, enjoys huge public support. Even the perception of policy that Egyptians might interpret as racist, demeaning or hurts their pride, poses a  danger to  our long term  interests in Egypt and in the Arab world, especially UK Britain economic interests in the important markets of the Gulf and security interest in the Middle East region that could  be damaged beyond repair.

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The Independent Cairo Hack Accused of Fabrication- Legal Trouble Ahead ?

Looks like the Independent is heading for a costly and damaging liable case about to be launched by  two, and possible three Egyptian publishers and media companies, unless the Inde  prints a humiliating apology and retraction, although the injured party, being a publisher and media savvy  himself, tells me he is adamant the apology printed to the same space of the offending piece.

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UK Media Reporting Watch: Egypt unbalanced & whiff of racism?

I try to monitor UK media reporting on Egypt ( since we have contacts and correspondents there and can check facts on the ground with near 100% accuracy)  to see whether correspondents , analysts or columnists stick to the traditional fleet street criteria ( ie  PPC Press Complaints Council Editors Code of Practice ) ; the Of-Com Broadcasting code ;& the BBC Editorial Guidelines ; the NUJ ( national Union of Journalists) Code of Conduct and last but not least the obvious commonsense practice of sticking to facts, sourcing information, abiding by laws, and making a clear distinction ( easily noticeable and understood by readers/viewers/listeners)  between hard facts, and opinion, analysis or guess. In the light of such criterion I will try to highlight shortcomings or errors by British media. I hope fellow hacks and hackettes are not offended but  try to see it as an extension or further explanation to what might have been overlooked in the rush  to meet deadlines.

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A British Writer’s Response to the Lesser Informed suggesting ‘Inclusive Solution’ for Egypt

Linda Heard is an Alexandria based British author, columnist, and biographer, she has also been a commentator and journalist, who lived in Egypt for many years, and Alexandria is her home. Mrs Heard has much better understanding of Egypt and the situation far better than her own president and congressmen. She is fed-up of people presenting ideas and solutions to Egypt current ‘ crisis’ from a total ignorance stand.  One particular column was the last straw for her. I hope she accepts my apology as I mistakenly thought she was American, I hope I didn’t cause any offence.  Here is the story with those suggesting inclusive solution with Muslim Brothers as they stand with their current ideology..

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Today Daily Telegraph Leader Contains Factual Errors & its Message is Meaningless

The Daily Telegraph is normally better informed about the Middle East and Africa than other Fleet street papers, especially the leftwing ones like the Independent or Guardian who’s ideology blind them to basic facts on the ground. What is shocking about today ( Monday 29 July) Telegraph leader on Egypt  it  got it wrong, misleading, message is meaningless and worst of all contains factual errors and inaccurate facts.

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Egyptian People Rallied Supporting Army Sent Message to Outside World : Don’t Intervene

When general Abd-el-Fatah el-Sisi, Egypt’s Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Secretary of Defence called upon Egyptian people to to rally under banner  ” No to Terrorism” and to give a  popular mandate  to ” state institutions” to combat terrorism, many questioned his motives since he did not need such mandate nor do state institutions. It is the duty of the army, police and other security agencies to do just exactly that , not as a favor or by popular mandate. It was the job they are paid to do and have been trained for.

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30 June Revolution: Ripples in the Region and battle Royal in Egypt

Egypt 30 June revolution – despite the helping hand from the military ( some calling it a  coup) is by all measure a people’s revolution, causing some ripples in the region and beyond, and certainly earthquakes in many places sending the gurus and prophets of political Islam into a panic sprint trying to save what they see as their survival in places where they are in power by fluke after the 2011 uprisings have  upset the applecart mainly in North Africa, by means  election, manipulation. or by army intervention, or a mixture of all, like Tunisia,  or where they made remarkable advance towards power due to anarchy and arms like in Libya and Syria, or they were already in powers directly or indirectly like Sudan and  Gaza.

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Egypt: Interim Government & anti-MuslimBrothers Popular Movement Quarrel with Foreign Media

The Qatar owned al-jazeera desperate to salvage $ billions invested by the former Sheikh of Qatar ( replaced by his son Sheikh Tamim)  to back Muslim Brothers takeing obver Egypt. There has been over 30 staff resignation from the al-jazeera Egypt Studios ( Egypt Union of Journalists report) over MB bias, fabrications and incitement. Egypt wire, wireless  ‘ air-waves and Satellite Licensing issued instructions to licensed providers to block al-jazeera Mubasher ( a cairo Qatari broadcast in Arabic) for failing to apply for use of airwave licence, failing to provide information of end user and beneficial). the  Turkish Media desperate to back Morsi to prove that political Islam and democracy can cohabit hence they are selective in highlighting ” Morsi’s legitimac” and army excesses  ;  CNN & BBC sand other British and left wing European media who’s agenda is different; they either were taken  by surprise since the reporters they sold to viewers and listeners as  “middle east experts/editors” got it wrong proven they didn’t have a clue about what the Egyptian people want; and academics/armchair-experts who, with concealed racism towards Egyptians, Africans and middle eastern people , were obsessed  with the Turkish model as the best for Egypt since in their view, what they perceive and ram down our throats as  “Muslim nations” are allowed ONLY to be ruled by ” moderate” Islamic parties”, like The Obama Administration, they saw Muslim brothers as ” moderate” whose rule would be a necessary bridge to move from military backed autocracies started by 1952 Military Coup and the goal with is the Turkish Model, although some egyptians – not without justification see Obama’s plan as sinister move to create a pakistan model of puritan Islamist rule when the army is in the back ground if the Islamists overplayed their hand   )