Media sources revealed that the Turkish government called on the “Brotherhood Organization” channels broadcasting from Turkey to control their editorial policies with regard to the Egyptian issue, and to stop attacking Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, as well as to the necessity of adhering to the journalist and media honor code, avoiding political affairs and avoiding attacks and insults. On the Egyptian leaderships.
According to the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the three “Brotherhood” channels, “Al Sharq, Mukameleen, and Watan” have recently changed the map of their programs, and canceled the broadcast of some political programs that feature attacks on the Egyptian government, following a meeting held by Turkish Foreign Ministry officials in Ankara with heads of state. The three channels, during which they asked them to change the editorial policy of the channels to fit the new stage in which Ankara is working on rapprochement with Cairo.
The Turkish authorities have instructed to limit the coverage of the three channels to social and cultural issues, and to stay away from political issues that constitute interference in Egypt’s internal affairs. Media sources revealed that the Turkish side’s instructions to the Brotherhood channels were clear about the need to change the editorial policy of these channels in line with the press and media honor charter, and to stop incitement and insult campaigns, while warning them against closing channels that do not adhere to the new controls, and deporting media professionals who do not respond to the new rules of work. .
The advisor to the head of the ruling “Justice and Development” Party in Turkey, Yassin Aktay, said that the step taken by the Turkish government came to control the performance of these channels within the framework of the current trend to improve relations with Egypt, after it noticed that there was inappropriate political content that violates the press and media honor codes. .
He pointed out that the Turkish authorities did not follow up on what these channels offered until they were informed by the Egyptian government that there were violations in the programs of the Brotherhood channels, and the Turkish authorities had verified the existence of these abuses.
Turkish media reported that the Turkish authorities imposed house arrest on leaders of the “Brotherhood” organization and media workers working in those Brotherhood channels, and demanded 30 of the leaders not to make political statements, indicating that the coming days may witness auditing the accounts of some leaders and media professionals in banks, and the deportation of some of them. Or the handing over of numbers of people wanted by the Egyptian authorities for having been convicted of crimes in Egypt, but “Aktay”, for his part, denied that there was any tendency to hand over any of the Brotherhood members residing on Turkish territory, or to impose house arrest.
For his part, the Egyptian Minister of State for Information, Osama Heikal, said, “The Turkish move is a good gesture on the Turkish side that creates a suitable atmosphere for discussing the files subject to differences between the two countries over the past years,” adding that the issuance of channels from one country to hostile another country is not acceptable in relations. It is very important for every country to search for its own interests and the interests of its people, and Haykal emphasized that Egypt is not hostile to anyone, and that the Egyptian position is constant in its international relations, as it works to develop its relations with everyone on the basis of understanding and preserving common interests.
Last Sunday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced that his country is interacting with all international and regional partners, according to the policy of balance in relations based on mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of countries. During the meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee in the House of Representatives, in what was considered the first official Egyptian response to the Turkish courtship statements, Shukry said that “there are no relations with Turkey outside the normal channels,” adding that Egypt is keen on the relationship between the Egyptian and Turkish peoples, and the negative political positions of Turkish politicians do not reflect the relationship between the two peoples. ”
Shukry added, “If we find that there is a change in the Turkish policy towards Egypt, non-interference in internal affairs, and the adoption of regional policies that are consistent with the Egyptian policy, this may be a ground and a starting point for normal relations,” indicating that Ankara must translate words into action.
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