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The brotherhood is mainly preparing false reports and circulate lies that are broadcast via Muslim Brotherhood affiliated news outlets and channels such as Al Jazeera – Photo compiled by Egypt Today
CAIRO – 11 March 2018: The Muslim Brotherhood has started spreading rumors and lies about the upcoming presidential election, member of Egypt's National Council for Human Rights Mokhtar Nouh told Egypt Today on Saturday.
The sources added that the brotherhood is preparing a set of new moves against Egypt through their media outlets outside Egypt in order to spread chaos in the political and election scene during the coming period. According to Nouh, the brotherhood allocated a large amount of funding just to serve the purpose of defaming the electoral process.
The brotherhood is mainly preparing false reports and circulate lies that are broadcast via Muslim Brotherhood affiliated news outlets and channels such as Al Jazeera.
On July 2013, as many as 22 staffers at an Al-Jazeera network in Egypt quit in protest of the network's coverage of events there. The journalists said that the network's management made them take a pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance on air.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is planning to spoil the election process,” Nouh said. “Al Jazeera and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliated TV channels in Turkey and the UK are all preparing false reports and convincing citizens to boycott the election.”
Nouh also added that such channels are continuously working to undermine and defame Egypt’s reputation outside.
Voting in the 2018 presidential election in Egypt will commence on March 26, as announced by the National Electoral Authority (NEA) on January 8. Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election between March 26 and 28 in Egypt, while Egyptians living abroad will vote between March 16 and 18.
Former Muslim Brotherhood (MB) member Khaled al-Zafarani predicted, on March 8, the end of the MB group, after revealing the group’s anti-state plan.
Zafarani said that the group is using the same ways and techniques it has always used to persuade people.
“Egyptian media outlets and politicians must raise awareness against such schemes that are being plotted by the Muslim Brotherhood and its aims against the Egyptian state,” Nouh added. “They also must motivate people to cast their ballots and beware of such TV channels and media outlets that spread rumors and sow discord and controversy.”
He also warned that these channels will fabricate news about empty election stations to bring out negativity among the streets.
Former deputy minister of interior Magdy Bassiouni also revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood is currently coordinating with extreme organizations and their affiliates inside Egypt in order to hinder the electoral process.
He also added to Egypt Today in an interview that the brotherhood is organizing a set of activities and conferences to spread rumors and false statements to the European media against the Egyptian state.
“Organizations and human rights groups that are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood are going to attempt putting pressure on the state by alleging human right violations to media outlets such as the BBC and Reuters,” Bassiouni added.
Islamic researcher, Hisham al-Najjar, argues that the Muslim Brotherhood is mainly utilizing its media outlets to execute its schemes against the state.
Al-Najjar added that, however, the brotherhood cannot influence the election scene through what it publishes through its media, because their absence from Egypt has some positive outcomes, in terms of security and political and economic stability.