In a meeting held with journalists and television hosts on Saturday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stated that Egypt is facing grave internal and external dangers and asked the media to focus their coverage on accentuating this sense of danger, according to sources that attended.
Sisi met with media personalities on Saturday at the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace, including Al-Watan Editor-in-Chief Magdy al-Gallad, and TV hosts Ibrahim Eissa and Youssef al-Hosseiny.
Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Sisi criticized some recent media coverage, arguing that the media’s priority should be to highlight the dangers to Egypt’s national security.
According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Sisi slammed coverage of the recently leaked video of a supervisor brutally beating a child in an orphanage, saying that it is not the right time to focus on the issue of abuse in orphanages and that the reports were not accurate.
Sisi also reiterated that he believes in popular funding for large projects, asking businessmen to donate money to these projects to preserve their money and the nation. Sisi has established a national fund, called Long Live Egypt to receive donations from businessmen and other citizens in order to support the national economy. He has also repeatedly asked businessmen to fund specific projects.
According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Sisi responded to a suggestion to empower youth by saying that he doesn’t have a problem with the youth but he doesn’t have the luxury to experiment at this phase.
According to the Middle East News Agency, Sisi stressed the importance of the media providing an example for people to follow.
Presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy said that the meeting is part of of a series that Sisi intends to hold with media personalities. Badawi reiterated Sisi’s views that the media is responsible for raising people’s awareness about the “delicate and exceptional” phase that Egypt is going through.
Sisi held a similar meeting with media personalities in May.