Turkey’s actions regarding the Brotherhood’s channels are sparking an electronic debate in Egypt

Expectations and measures, which are believed to pave the way for a rapprochement between Egypt and Turkey, have been reflected in the arenas of cyberspace and social media platforms in Egypt, and Ankara’s efforts to “soften” criticism of the platforms emanating from its lands to Cairo have become the subject of a widespread debate between supporters and opponents of the Brotherhood organization, Which Egypt classifies as a “terrorist”.

Social media platforms were the first stage of what emerged from Turkey’s efforts to “reduce criticism”, as the accounts of the channels operating in Ankara, which deal with the Egyptian issue, announced apologies for not presenting specific programs, without providing further details. However, those working on these platforms, or close to them, revealed direct requests to “change” the editorial policy directed against Egypt.

However, supporters of the “Brotherhood” and some workers in the channels supporting their organization launched a wide campaign of suspicion and denial regarding the nature of those measures, based on statements made by the advisor to the Turkish President, Yassin Aktay, and the chairman of the board of directors of the “Al Sharq” channel, Ayman Nour, in which they denied closing the channels. And they talked about “controlling” her speech.
Pictures bearing these statements were widely circulated, which deny “handing over the Brotherhood opponents to Egypt” or “closing the channels”, with the absence of statements related to Ankara’s request to “control the channel’s speech.”

The demands to amend the speech in turn were translated sarcastically through pictures (which turned out to be fabricated). One of the pro-Brotherhood channels shows the song “Taslim Al-Aadi”, which glorifies the Egyptian army, and was the subject of constant attack and criticism by the “organization”, and it was re-published by the Egyptian journalist Basem Youssef, On his Twitter account, he was accompanied by harsh and harsh criticism of the Brotherhood.
However, Yusef’s apology for releasing the image before verifying its authenticity and his adherence to criticizing the “Brotherhood” did not prevent a major campaign from attacking him. A hashtag bearing his name reached the list of the most popular on Twitter. Among the participants was the presenter of the programs and the member of the “Brotherhood”, Haitham. Abu Khalil, who made several accusations to Youssef.

The tweets and comments of followers inside Egypt from the Brotherhood’s opponents did not deviate from the climate of controversy itself, and prompted some to question the new direction of the channel’s workers, or the work that they might gain in the event that these platforms are suspended.

Cairo has committed itself to a clear reservation regarding interaction or commenting on “Turkish signals” of “understanding” or “holding meetings” since their appearance last September. However, the Egyptian Minister of Information, Osama Heikal, considered the day before yesterday that the Turkish steps regarding the channels directed against Egypt are a “good initiative that creates a suitable atmosphere for discussing the files subject to the differences between Cairo and Ankara.”

Last week, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called on Turkish politicians to translate their statements regarding the meeting and the understanding into “actions.”

Meanwhile, the Port Said Criminal Court yesterday postponed the retrial sessions of 9 leaders and members of the Brotherhood, led by Muhammad Badi, the group’s general guide, and others from the group’s leaders to the next May 20 session, in the case of accusing them of “ The commission and incitement to commit the violent and murderous incidents that took place in Port Said governorate in 2013, known as the events of the Arab Police Department.
The Court of Cassation had canceled the convictions issued against 47 Brotherhood leaders, which ranged from 10 years’ maximum imprisonment to life imprisonment, in the case, and ordered a retrial.
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