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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, August 26, 2005

Reporting on the Sharm Bombings banned

Another sign that our Security apparatus is handeld by increasingly inept individuals : The government just banned any local newspaper from reporting or publishing anything on the Sharm El Sheikh Bombings and its aftermaths from this day forward. Why? Cause they are idiots and they don't want anyone in Egypt to know anymore. Outside of Egypt, on the other hand, is a totally different matter. Egypt has imposed a media blackout on the probe into the July 23 bombings in Sharm el-Sheikh after weeks of confusion and contradictory information on the country's deadliest attack by militants. [...] "But from now on, we cannot publish anything. The rest of the world will be able to talk about this issue except for the people who are the most affected by it," he said. What's the excuse for the ban? Attorney General Maher Abdelwahed issued a decree on Wednesday banning coverage of the investigation into the Sharm bombings "in order to protect the work of the judiciary", a source in his office said. The real reason is the confusing contradictory statements made from inside the security apparatus and the government, which are making them look even worse. Example: Even the death toll is not final more than a month after the bombings. Hospital officials on the scene gave a figure of 88, which the government later lowered to 67, including several foreigners.Foreign countries have announced the deaths of their nationals separately. Or another one: The Egyptian authorities quickly pointed an accusing finger at the Bedouin population, after initial suspicions had focused on a group of Pakistani nationals. In essence, it's about damage control to their really bad reputation. "There is no security reason to justify the media blackout. This ban is a political decision. It does not aim to protect the investigation but to control public opinion," he told AFP. Exactly. Now, since they made sure that the formal local media keeps quite, this means that the only people who can technically talk about it, is, well, the informal media a.k.a. Bloggers. Basically this decision lays on our shoulders the responsbility to inform the egyptian population of what's going on in Sinai, which also means that if we do report the kind of thing that the government doesn't want reported, they will come after us. No need for charges. due process or trials, thanks to the emergency law. Did I mention how glad I am to have ever started this blog? Make sure to send me mail when I am in prison, ok guys? Sigh...


At 8/26/2005 10:10:00 AM, Blogger freefalla said...

Dude, you got balls. And thats precisely what's necessary to make some real changes over there. My hats off to you.

At 8/26/2005 11:42:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ohh yess, those big balls will come in handy when they want to electrecute my nuts in egyptian prison.

But thanks anyway, me appreciates the words of encouragment.

At 8/26/2005 12:08:00 PM, Blogger ritzy said...

Now you got me thinking about that side of the blogging game that I didn't really did want to think about -- glad at least one of us is awake! er.. I might log off for a while now. Oh, forgot to say what I say a thousand times every day: I LOVE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENT.

At 8/26/2005 01:23:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

That should be my logo : " No matter what i say here, I love the government and long live Mubarak", and i should put it on the sidebar or something.

u think that might work?

At 8/26/2005 01:37:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

You have the "I *heart* Mubarak" sign next to your PC?


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