Leaked video shows Egyptian military chief asking how best to "terrorize" media

Published October 3rd, 2013 - 04:17 GMT
Egyptian defense minister Abdel Fatah el-Sisi (R) meets with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in Cairo. A leaked video shows Mr. Sisi discussing how to gag the press. (Image credit: AFP)
Egyptian defense minister Abdel Fatah el-Sisi (R) meets with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in Cairo. A leaked video shows Mr. Sisi discussing how to gag the press. (Image credit: AFP)

A new video has emerged showing Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi discussing with senior officers the best tactics to “neutralize” and “terrorize” the media.

See the video on posted on the Al Jazeera website here.

Sisi was the Minister of Defense in Morsi’s government. However, he played a prominent role in the July 2013 military coup against the Muslim Brotherhood government.

In the video, a senior officer suggests to Morsi, “We should engage with these people directly and individually either terrorize them or win them over.”

Sisi then interrupts the officer and says: “I know how to win them over, but tell me how do you suggest I terrorize them?”

Since the military takeover on July 3, the Egyptian military has launched a harsh crackdown on protestors. Mr. Morsi has been arrested on charges of “inciting violence”. In addition, dozens of journalists have been arrested and several television stations shut down in Egypt. 


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