Y éste, del mismo provedor, sobre el futuro de los medios de comunicación en el Egipto post Mubarak:
On February 15, the Palestinian owned Al-Quds al-Arabi carried an editorial by Chief Editor Abdel Beri-Atwan that said:
“Over the past 60 years, the Arab media vacillated between two major schools: The first was Egyptian and the second was Lebanese-Syrian. Each school had its own distinct traits with one surpassing the other according to the political conditions and the ascending and descending ceilings of freedoms until the two schools regressed dramatically. The first (the Egyptian school) regressed due to the corruption of the regime, its deviation from the nationalist line, and its abandonment of its pioneer role and the second due to the Lebanese civil war, the regression of the Lebanese democratic experiment, the regression of security, and the infiltration of political feudalism. The regression of the Egyptian and Lebanese schools paved the way for the emergence of a third Gulf school. It exploited the regression in its favour by offeri ng an Arab transcontinental media that first started as a written media and later developed into a satellite media. The huge oil revenues contributed to the service of and development of this school.
“Large numbers of media experts -writers, editors, and technicians -from various nationalities in London or Doha or Dubay were hired. Eventually, this school (Saudi by origin) totally dominated the Arab media landscape over the past 30 years. These days, the Egyptian media landscape is witnessing the preambles of a revolution that may radically change the past equations and restore to the Egyptian media its leading role that it had lost but with a new spirit, a higher level of freedoms, and total liberation from the pressures of hegemony that took it to extremely low professional levels. The old Al-Ahram newspaper began this march for change. It fired its most important shot yesterday when it recorded a precedent that is not familiar in our Arab press. In its main editorial, it unreservedly apologized to the noble Egyptian people “for all the bias in favour of the corrupt regime” and it pledged “to always side with the legitimate demands of the people”. It promised that the A l-Ahram newspaper will remain “the conscience of this nation”. It registered its “pride in the pure blood that was shed to defeat the forces of backwardness and oppression” and it sought the forgiveness of the families of the martyrs”.
“This is a language that we hope will mark the beginning in a big pivotal state that was in charge for many periods in our history of drafting the present and future of the Arab region and that was influential in all fields, particularly in the fields of the media in its various forms and shapes. But this necessitates a major review of the structure of the press establishments and their leaders in order to serve the people rather than only the ruler, his family, and his government as well as his trumpets. The press and media leaders -that have always idolized the former president and believed that “Egypt was born on his birthday” -cannot expect the people to believe them now that they have become “revolutionaries” defending the revolution and its youths whom they accused of being agents only a few days ago. All those that distorted and maligned the revolution and polished the image of a hated ugly regime that pawned Egypt and its resources and wealth should be taken to accoun t not only for what they wrote and said but also for what they gained in return for long years of fraud and deception of public opinion.
“If the advancing Egyptian media revolt is destined to continue and bring about the goal of change, it will not only change the face of Egypt and pave the way for a sweeping surge in all the aspects of life but will also redraw the entire Arab region by supporting democratic transformation and overthrowing the rule of corrupt dictatorships whether they are monarchical or republican. Over the past 30 years at least, the Arab media mastered the art of reporting on Egypt’s affairs and siding with the dictatorial regime by supporting it and covering up its corruption and crimes with some few exceptions while the independent media in Egypt was unable to respond because it was muzzled by the state or the capitalists and those allied with the government. In the latest episode of his programme “Studio Cairo” that is transmitted by the Al-Arabiya satellite channel, Egyptian media representative colleague Hafiz al-Mirazi rang the alarm bell after he was fed up. He said that it is high time for the Egyptian media to talk about conditions in Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia just like Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya talk about the corruption in Egypt. For the revolution to succeed, the Egyptian media should go through a “cleansing” operation of its ranks that would sweep away all the leeches that stuck to it over the past 30 years, distorted its image, and made it deviate from its professional and ethical mission, just as the Egyptian state institutions are going through “cleansing operations” to remove the warts and blemishes that have accumulated in the same period.
“We are faced with a new media dawn that is rising and accelerating, but confidently, from the rubble of frustration and oppression. We saw the symptoms! of this dawn in the revolt of the colleagues in the corridors of the Egyptian television and newspapers against the centres of power of the regime, these centres of power that practiced the ugliest forms of deception and hypocrisy and “rubbed salt on the wound” as the eloquent Egyptian common saying goes. Finally, we admit that the courageous private media in Egypt constituted a parallel phenomenon that offset some of the deficiency in the official and semi-official media. It played a major role in igniting the revolution that overthrew the regime of the tyrant and liberated the Egyptian people from their slavery. In this newspaper -that did not lose hope or confidence in the noble Egyptian people and their ability to change and reverse the equations in the region in favour of the interests of the nation and its beliefs and principles of justice and equality -we cannot but express our happiness with the good tidings of a media revolution. We welcome it and side with those behind it with strong determination and resolve.” – Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom