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Egypt Has First Uncensored TV Station

Egypt Has First Uncensored TV Station

Prior to the recent Egyptian Revolution, ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had strict control over what news reporters could cover.   That has all changed.  25TV is Egypt’s first 24-hour news and entertainment channel, covering stories the broadcast of which would previously have been grounds for arrest.

With a news show airing three times a week, Egyptians have ignored the slightly amateur footage in appreciation of stories they want to hear.  25TV has already taken huge risks covering amazing stories from the tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to post-revolution town hall style assemblies.  It is great for Egyptians, but this conversation is bigger than just one television channel.

The protection provided by access to information

As Americans we value our freedom of press as one of our core, fundamental, undeniable rights.  Mainly, that value comes from our forefathers’ understanding of the importance of access to information.  Without information, an individual cannot be expected to make voting decisions.  Without accurate information, one might be misguided into making a decision that wasn’t representative of his or her true beliefs.  My point is, denying people the ability to understand what is happening in the world around them, whether that be on a local level or a global one, prevents true democracy from happening.

Major populated cities tend to be more liberal because those cities have more media news options, along other economic and social contributing factors.  People can choose among favorite internet sites, television networks, multiple radio stations and more; people in media-heavy cities choose from a variety of options and the media also has multiple ways of interacting with them. 

Ultimately, having at least one honest television news channel in Egypt is a good thing.  A very good thing.  It can offer diverse perspectives and a sense of community in a way that allows Egyptians to see themselves not as individuals fighting a lone struggle, but as a nation of citizens working toward sustainability together.  Hopefully, 25TV is just a start.  Cairo is one of the most populated cities in the world, so Egyptians will have a lot to cover.  Giving voice to previously untold stories will be a huge part of rebuilding a country dedicated to the growth of its people. 

 

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8:20PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

maybe not government rule but will it really be a "free" station.

12:03PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Great!

1:12PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

good for them!!

7:56AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Nice, ty.

12:26AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I'm really happy for them!

10:05PM PDT on May 31, 2011

thanks for the article.

8:29PM PDT on May 31, 2011

aawesome

6:17PM PDT on May 31, 2011

This sounds like good news.

2:30PM PDT on May 31, 2011

Congratulations, Egypt!

Real news anywhere isn't all that easy to get aholdt of in the U.S. either. Pre-pkged stories are the usual fare. Thankful for Pacifica, AlJazeera, BBC &, occasionally, NPR!

1:45PM PDT on May 31, 2011

An inspiring article, thank you

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