Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast fake Muslim Brotherhood protests: Egyptian media

State-owned Al-Jazeera and other Qatari and Turkish-funded channels have been accused for their pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 28 September 2020

Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast fake Muslim Brotherhood protests: Egyptian media

  • Al-Jazeera ignored required vetting process for the videos before using them

DUBAI/LONDON: State-owned Al-Jazeera and other Qatari and Turkish-funded channels have been accused for their pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias after airing videos of staged protests in Egypt, ignoring the required vetting process for the materials before using them.

Al-Jazeera, Mekameleen, Al-Sharq and the Rassd news outlets are known for their hostile reporting on the present Egyptian government, Egypt Today reported, especially in the aftermath of Muslim Brotherhood being declared a terrorist organization and right after its leader Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power.

“All Egyptian intelligence agencies are monitoring all their (Muslim Brotherhood) plans targeting the people’s collective awareness to cause discord between the public and the trustworthy national leadership,” Brig. Gen. Mohammed Noureddine, former assistant to the Egyptian minister of interior and a security expert, told Arab News.

“The Egyptian National Police is well aware of the attempts to exhaust it and repeat the January 2011 scenarios by setting various appointments of what they call (Friday of anger against the regime), to exert psychological pressure on police personnel, officers, and recruits, in addition to all agencies in charge of confronting riots and hostile plans against the people’s assets and its symbols.”

The staged protests were filmed by United Company for Media Services led by Tamer Morsy, an Egyptian businessman and media producer, and were sent on purpose to the channels to test the degree of their professionalism, the report said.

Al-Jazeera’s decision to publish the video, allegedly without checking the source or treating the video with skepticism and citing unknown sources, shocked TV presenters and public figures in Egypt, the report added.

A special episode on Extra News channel presented by Youm7 editor-in-chief Khaled Salah and TV presenter Youssef Al-Hosseini showed how the purported protest actions Giza’s Nazlet El-Semman village were filmed.

The special episode showed a number of young pseudo-protesters at the Media Production City in Giza receiving instructions from director, before cameras rolled and they started to chant against the Egyptian state as part of a scene.

TV presenter Amr Adib has also called on Al-Jazeera to publish an apology for publishing a fake video without verification, and referred the Qatari channel’s similar missteps.

Al-Jazeera earlier this month published an old video, taken in 2013, and claimed that dozens of people were protesting against President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The fabricated video went viral on pro-Muslim Brotherhood trolls’ social media accounts.

Egypt Today in a separate report said that the Muslim Brotherhood are allegedly targeting children as new recruits to their group, with the leadership reviving the Young Lions committee specifically for the purpose.

“The Young Lions committee will outline a whole pedagogic program that targets children and teenagers at schools, clubs and youth centers to once again engrave extremist ideas in the minds of a generation in a secret fashion and without revealing their name,” the report said.


D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

Updated 30 November 2020

D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

  • D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry

RIYADH: The D&AD Awards are now open for 2021 with several new changes.

Due to the economic climate, the education charity D&AD has increased its Super Earlybird discount from 30 percent to 40 percent for all entries submitted by Jan. 13. It has also increased the discount for freelancers and small businesses under 10 employees to 25 percent.

D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry including revisions and additions of sub-categories as well as entirely new sections.

This year, there are four new additions: E-commerce with 12 sub-categories including purchase experience and brand partnership; next photographer is being brought back for emerging talent with less than 3 years of commercial experience in photography; type design, which has been removed as a sub-category from typography and is its own category due to the large number of entries it receives; gaming, which aims to celebrate creative excellence in gamified experiences and brand messaging across e-sports, mobile, and online games; and new realities and emerging media, which are sub-categories reflecting cutting-edge work that is changing how brands interact with consumers.

In addition, writing for design and writing for advertising are back as two distinct, separate categories after consultation with the industry.

Following last year’s revamp of the digital design subcategory and feedback from juries, judges will now prioritize execution over idea in this category in the digital design category.

Lastly, D&AD has introduced the low budget subcategories across all disciplines including film, branding, direction, visual effects, animation, photography, and entertainment as well as PR, spatial design, and music videos.

Donal Keenan, awards director at D&AD, said: “We are committed as always to creating an awards program that accurately reflects the current nature of the creative industries.

“In 2021 our changes reflect approaches the industry has employed to reach and engage audiences through e-commerce, gaming, and new realities.

“As current world events continue to transform the creative sector, we hope that the changes to our awards can help better bring together the creative community that we aim to champion,” he added.

After a virtual 2020 awards program, D&AD will continue its digital-first approach into next year, hosting a virtual awards ceremony and festival while continuing to explore the possibility of in-person events.