Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Shame on BBC: Censoring Interview with Coptic Christian

(Sound is lost at around 04:00 but resumes at 05:39)  

From BBC Watch
This episode of the BBC programme ‘Hardtalk‘ in which Zeinab Badawi interviews Coptic Christian Naguib Sawiris – founder of the Free Egyptians Party – is not connected to Israel, but it is both interesting in itself as well as useful in that it provides a glimpse into BBC perceptions of the “Arab Spring” some six months after the publication of the BBC Trust commissioned report on the subject.

Wikipedia: Zeinab Badawi
Badawi was born in Sudan[1] and has lived in Britain since the age of three. Her great-grandfather, Sheikh Babiker Badri, fought against Kitchener's British forces at the Battle of Omdurman in 1898 and pioneered women's education in Sudan. Badawi's father was a newspaper editor in Sudan committed to social reform who, when the family moved to the UK, joined the BBC's Arabic Service.[6] Badawi speaks Arabic but not fluently. She was educated at Hornsey High School for Girls in North London, before going up to read Philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) at St Hilda's College, Oxford University. At Oxford, Badawi was a member of the Oxford University Broadcasting Society.[7] In 1988 she moved back to London to pursue a full time one year MA at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in Politics and Anthropology of the Middle East, graduating with Distinction in 1989.[8] 

Wikipedia: Naguib Sawaris
He is considered a nationalist and supporter of liberalism. He favored a gradual transition during the 2011 Egyptian revolution and played as a mediating figure between the protesters and Hosni Mubarak's people. Although he expressed concerns about the military caretaker government[4] he favored changes that increased democracy and stability.[5] He is the founder of the liberal Free Egyptians Party.[6][7] In 2009 Sawiris launched the Arabic-language ONTV television network, which has adopted a politically liberal stance and, in addition to its popular Ramadan serials, hosts two of the most-watched talk shows in Egypt,[8] including Al Bernameg, a satirical news program hosted by Bassem Youssef, who has been compared to Jon Stewart.[9]

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