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General Afifi denounces media blackout during Morsi's trial

February 5, 2014 at 2:11 am

General Omar Afifi, an Egyptian political refugee in the US, has criticised Egypt’s Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for denying media channels the right to broadcast the trial of former President Mohammed Morsi.

Afifi posted the following comments on Facebook: “General Al-Sisi has insulted and despised the Egyptian people when he refused to broadcast the trial of ousted President Morsi. He has misled the public and deliberately displayed contempt for the Egyptian people’s will. But who are the rightful owners of Egypt? The Egyptian people are entitled to know the complete truth. By not broadcasting Morsi’s trial, Al-Sisi has intentionally and recklessly insulted the Egyptian people, who have every right to know the full truth and to decide on their own who is a traitor and who is a thief. Who is the oppressor and who is oppressed? The people are meant to choose their ruler! How will the Egyptians choose if everything is hidden? Why did Al-Sisi prevent the media from broadcasting Morsi’s trial? What does he want to hide from the people and what is he afraid of? The Egyptian people must know the truth to decide their own destiny and to choose their rulers or to oust them. I tell both Al-Sisi and Morsi that nothing remains hidden forever. The truth must be revealed out of respect for the Egyptian people.”