Egypt: A Nation Divided


With violence mounting, there appears to be precious little middle ground left in Egypt -- especially when it comes to how recent events are relayed in the media. Whatever the truth, competing narratives quickly become orthodoxy, driving a wedge even further into Egytian society. We explore the consequences for Egypt's fragile new democracy.

At a military news conference in Cairo this week, reporters demanded that a crew from Al-Jazeera leave. Many believe the network is too sympathetic to the former Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamad Morsi and that its graphic coverage of Monday's violence -- when more than 50 supporters of the deposed president  were killed -- was more evidence of a perceived bias.

Egypt_Embed.jpgCBC Reporter Nahlah Ayed

Those assertions, in microcosm, is what's happening in Egyptian society today. Supporters and opponents of the Brotherhood each claim a monopoly on the truth and the power of legitimacy. CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed just returned from covering the removal of Morsi and saw first-hand how divisions are taking hold. She was in our London studio.

Adham Abdelsalam - Egyptian Radio Host and TV Presenter

Adham Abdelsalam is living the growing divisions first-hand. He's an Egyptian radio and TV host who supports the revolution and supports the army's removal of former President Morsi. But he's also worried about the violence unleashed at the former president's supporters. This places him in a difficult position at a time when it seems everyone is choosing sides.

Fawaz Gerges - Director, Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics

Fawaz Gerges has been watching the growing polarization of Egypt closely, and is particularly worried about the ongoing violence violence toward Morsi supporters. He warns that the suspension of a fair political process could leave room for the emergence of extremist groups.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Lara O'Brien.

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