Journalist Karam Jabr, head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, stressed the need to change the Western media’s view of what is happening in Egypt so that it conforms to reality and not according to old ideas that do not keep pace with the scale of change taking place in Egypt.
This came during an open dialogue session between members of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation and a delegation from the German Global Foundation (Jusoor), which includes a group of political, media and social media leaders, businessmen, thinkers and editor-in-chiefs of German newspapers.
He added that there are many issues in which major changes have occurred in Egypt, such as human rights after the demolition of old prisons and the establishment of a large group of rehabilitation and reform centers in line with international standards, noting that United Nations observers have confirmed that there are many developed countries that do not have similar ones, and despite that However, much of the Western media reduces the issue of human rights in Egypt to the old view and does not pay attention to what is actually happening on the ground.
He referred to the freedom of the press and the media, and that it plays its role without restrictions, and that the number of media outlets exceeds tens of thousands, and there are approximately 75 million accounts on Facebook that publish and share everything related to public affairs without any censorship, but despite that, the West reduces press and media freedom in Egypt In the old stereotyped view that is not based on reality.
During the meeting, there was a long discussion about what is happening in the region in terms of unrest and unrest that led to the destruction of some countries and the displacement of their people, and all of this was under the slogan “Freedom and Democracy according to Western standards”, and the Arab Spring or the Arab Hell came to the region for destruction and ruin.
The President of the Council affirmed that the Egyptian experience, which is reflected in the media, combines the development that takes place in various fields and preserves the citizen’s right to knowledge, within the framework of preserving the constants of the state and its institution.
Journalist Karam Jabr asked what the West’s reaction would be if they were exposed to terrorist incidents or confronted with terrorism, as happened in Egypt, pointing out that the West reduces the issue of human rights according to their view, even though the Palestinian issue has not found a way to solve it despite the passage of 75 years. He sees Israel defending itself while he does not see the same for the Palestinians.
While journalist Nashat Al-Daihi, a member of the Council, confirmed that there is excessive selfishness on the part of the Western press in dealing with Middle East issues, especially Egypt, saying: “We need bridges of communication between all countries of the world, especially with the redrawing of the shape of the world because of what is happening in terms of global events.” Pointing out that with the existence of social media, no country in the world will be able to practice muzzling freedoms, but we have to change the standards of freedom of opinion, which cannot be with terrorism.
While the media, Rania Hashem, a member of the Council, stressed the need for cooperation between the Arab and Western media to convey the true image of women, whether Arab or Western, as the images are unfair and incomplete, adding that freedom of opinion is preserved in the Egyptian media and there is no interference with electronic applications in Egypt, as It occurs in many other countries.
The journalist writer, Saleh Al-Salihi, deputy of the Council, confirmed that freedom of opinion, expression, thought and creativity is protected by an explicit text in the Egyptian constitution, and that order was translated into the issuance of the law regulating the press and media and the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, which contains explicit provisions on freedom of thought and creativity, adding that the Council since its inception in 2016 He did not receive any complaints from any journalist or citizen, or from the Media and Press Syndicates, banning a journalist or citizen from writing his opinion in the media.
The members of the delegation expressed their happiness at being in the Supreme Council for Media Regulation in particular and in Egypt in general, expressing their happiness at the tremendous development that Egypt has witnessed over the past years, noting that they witnessed for themselves how Egyptian women enjoy freedom until they were able to reach leadership positions.
The members of the delegation affirmed their aspiration to learn more about Egypt, especially since the Foundation includes many thinkers and prominent personalities in all areas of life, as it is a private institution, not a government one, and aims to build bridges and communicate with all countries.