Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Egyptian Paper Highlights Western Coverage of Baha'is

The Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm in its April 2 edition reported on two significant recent releases in the western media regarding the status of the Baha'is in Egypt and Iran. The article, written by Muhammad Abd-El-Khaleq Mussahel, is entitled Documentary American Film regarding "Suffering of Baha'is" in Egypt and Iran.

The first reference was in regards to a recent video production. The writer indicated that the film was "produced by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States." It described the video as "a new documentary film about the situation of the Baha'is in Egypt and Iran, which was widely publicised on Baha'i Internet sites and blogs." [examples: here and here]

The paper proceeded to report that "the film which lasts 17 minutes and 19 seconds explains the manifestations of suffering experienced by Baha'is in Egypt and Iran." It also pointed to the film's content regarding the ID card crisis affecting the Baha'is of Egypt, and the efforts of the Office of External Affairs in defending human rights of the Baha'is.

The second part of the article went on to briefly describe the content of the recent article published in the Toronto Star on 31 March 2007 and posted here as well.


  1. well gosh!!!

    Are they beginning to get nervous???

    Are they beginning to ask themselves the question ["we could be wrong!!"]???

    stay tuned viewers!!!

  2. Good going, Al-Masri-Al-yom! Honest reporting means telling the truth of what is happening and not spinning it in vague terms such as "public order" as many Egyptian newspapers have done to promote hatred and ignorance!

  3. It is interesting to observe the gradual shift in the tone and objectivity of the Egyptian media. Much progress has been made this year alone.


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