Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Studying Creation Of Media Outlets


An Egyptian newspaper has reported that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is considering the possibility of establishing a satellite television station as well as a number of newspapers and magazines. According to a report in Al-Masry Al Youm:

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is currently studying the possibility of establishing a satellite television station and a number of newspapers and magazines, according to leading MB member Essam al-Arian. “Freedom of access to information is key to keeping up with the evolution of international media,” al-Arian told Al-Masry Al-Youm, adding that Egyptians “are fed up with biased media.” “Soon we will begin publishing a monthly magazine called ‘Al-Daawa,’ in addition to a weekly newspaper,” he added. Head of the MB’s media committee Assem Shalabi said the group was preparing to publish daily, weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines. “We’re expecting amendments to Egypt’s press laws that will facilitate the publication of new newspapers,” said Shalabi. “This is why we are seeking to issue different publications.” Badr Mohamed Badr, managing editor of the weekly “Afaq al-Arabiya” newspaper–which was shut down by the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak–said there were attempts being made to bring back the newspaper and to launch an electronic version as well.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

Previous posts have discussed the role of the Global Muslim Brotherhood at Al Jazeera.

It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood today has become a global network and that the Egyptian mother branch is not necessarily the most important part of the movement. Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, close to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, is often referred to by the GMBDW as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide.

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