My mum has been nervous for me for the past week. She’s been writing me emails, demanding my calls and daily reports on the situation in Egypt. Well I understand that she is worried but she cannot really understand that everything is fine here; that I am safe.
And I was wondering why she was so nervous: there was nothing horrible going on in the country. As it appeared Russian news outlets simply fail to report the events accurately. Well Russian media simply reports a bunch of lies and misinformation. For some reason the media tries to scare people off by reporting that the Muslim Brotherhood is going to take over the country and kick out all the Russian tourists wearing bikinis on Egyptian resorts.
Well let’s see what’s happening. Russia Today is a biggest example of this kind of disappointment for me. However, it is not a surprise that the quality of the reporting is not even close to any journalistic standards: Russia Today is fully sponsored and dependent on the Kremlin, therefore, the channel obeys what the Kremlin has to declare. Here is a good article on contradicting reporting of Russia Today versus Al Jazeera while covering the revolution in Egypt.
Moving on. The one and only political show that I watch on Russian tv is called Nedelya (A week) that provides analysis of the current events for the past week. The most recent episode of this show reports on Egypt as well. This program does not have a reporter in Egypt, therefore, correspondents decided to interview some religious leaders from the Caucasus: a region with the biggest Muslim population in Russia. So these religious leaders declared that it was the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who started the twitter/facebook revolution in Egypt. [Hmm.. interesting. My friends who go on Tahrir every day said the opposite.] Moreover this TV program scared the perspective Russian tourists that bikinis will be banned on the beaches of Egypt and even now women feel uncomfortable wearing a T-shirt in Cairo. [Hmmm… really???]
Another article in the Russian press reported that two women-journalists were raped on Tahrir square. The article also informed that Reporters without Borders (RSF) advised to stop sending female journalists to Egypt due to the countless cases of sexual harassment. Well no link to the RSF web site was provided. So I have no idea where they got this info from. NO ONE WAS RAPED ON TAHRIR. STOP THESE LIES!!!
In the meantime:
Egypt has a second day of elections. And majority of my friends here are excited.
There are four stories to be told in Tahrir: tear gas suffocation and death; extreme police brutality; incredible acts of sacrifice, and the foundation of a new social contract.