Abdalla Hassan, author of Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt (I.B. Tauris) and Associate Director of the Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, speaks with outspoken TV presenter Reem Maged about the post-revolution media landscape and freedom of expression in Egypt. Maged spoke to us following her lecture on "Media Manipulation" at the American University in Cairo.
Maged is best known for her critical coverage of political and social issues, particularly in the last 4 years. She reported extensively during the 2011 revolution and was the host of Baladna bel Masry or “Our Country in Egyptian” before, during, and after the revolution on Egyptian satellite channel ONTV. The program was widely recognized as a venue for critical discussion of controversial issues relating to the state, the military, and society at large. It stopped airing in 2013 due to conflicting priorities between Maged and ONTV.
This past May, Maged’s new program Gamea Moanas Salem or “Women at the Turning Point” was cancelled by ONTV after only two episodes, it continued to air on Deutsche Welle for several episodes but was discontinued. The program, which was meant to be a venue to discuss issues faced by Egyptian women, was pulled without explanation.