For all the hope for democracy that was generated by the toppling of the Mubarak regime by popular demonstrations, we now see Egypt slide back into a familiar system, with a military general taking power in a coup and then consolidating his power by elections that are heavily slanted in his favor, cracking down on the media, and a judicial system that treats dissidents and opponents of the government harshly.
The latest case involves three Al Jazeera journalists who have been given harsh sentences for committing what seems to be straightforward acts of journalism.
There has been considerable worldwide outrage over this action but in this area too the US has little credibility because its own attitude towards journalists has been nothing to be proud of. In addition to severely cracking down on those reporters in the US who have exposed government wrongdoing, we should not forget that the US military actually targeted the Al Jazeera office in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing one reporter and wounding another, even after the news service gave the US military its coordinates so that they could avoid doing so.
We also saw the murder by US forces in 2007 of two Reuters journalists among the at least 18 people killed in the Collateral Murder video released to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning.
The Daily Show discussed the Egypt show trial and sentencing of the journalists.
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