All respect to you , I need to think in many things before issuing a statement tomorrow insh Allah
Yosri Fouda announced yesterday as I hinted before that Thursday’s night “Last Show” will dedicated to the analysis of that special show of SCAF with Ibrahim Eissa “the co-host of Mona El Shazly as well as Alaa Al Aswany. Due to the big event of the day , Fouda announced earlier that he will host Yasser Razek with his two guests to speak about the event of the day as well as the analysis of the SCAF episode.
Still the big sad news came when he announced that he apologized for not appearing that nigt and that he would issue a statement.
What fueled the expectations and rumors of SCAF’s interfere is Alaa Aswany’s announcement on Al Jazeera Mubshar Misr in his show “Al Aswany’s show” which I did not see but found people speak about in twitter. Aswany allegedly claimed that SCAF ordered the cancellation the episode. Friends who follow Al Aswany’s official twitter account says that he announced earlier that Ibrahim Eissa was angry from the SCAF show in a tweet that was removed hours later !!
It is worth to mention that from couple of months ago , Fouda was planning for an episode from Last Talk like SCAF show where Hegazy as well as Al Asr would debate on air with Al Aswany and Belal Fadl but in the last moment it was cancelled after the insistence of the morale department to be recorded episode. “Hegazy wanted live”
The rumors mill has stopped with speculations that Fouda is going to resign and leave the channel aside from the reason why the TV show was stopped including pressures from Sawiris to Fouda directly to cancel the episode to fights between Al Aswany and Eissa.
ONTV had to act quickly through its twitter account and denied the news that the show was stopped urging people to wait for tomorrow.ONTV also defended itself and denied the cancellation of the episode insisting that they do not answer to any party.
Still the expected theory is the SCAF’s pressure because it is not the first time that something like this happens , we remember when journalists and TV hosts were summoned to have chitchat in C28 with military prosecution then we got the newspapers’ censorship followed by the closure of Al Jazeera Mubshar Misr then threats to Tahrir TV and ONTV then Maspero’s fiascos in the last clashes aside from the storming of TV channels !!! It seems to be an aggression on the freedom of expression we have gained with expensive yet deserved price.
If SCAF is really behind , then it proves its political stupidity more and more in extremely critical time. Instead of fighting the media , I hope that the SCAF members appear and speak in progressive pro-revolution shows like Yosri Fouda’s TV show.
Back to Fouda , I will respect his decision and wait for this statement so keep visiting this post for updates.
There are strong angry reactions in twitter from SCAF supporting Yosri including TV hosts and journalists like Belal Fadl , Hala Serhan, Doaa Sultan aside from the activists.
I will end with what potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei said about the incident.
@1:49 PM Cairo Local time
Without giving any reason or any explanation for what happened yesterday night , Fouda issued a statement on Facebook announcing that he decided to suspend his TV show "Last Talk" indefinitely on ONTV due to media censorship.
Fouda spoke of the old regime mindset is still.
The decision is received by respect as well as anger on twitter as some believe he should have fought back.
This is not the end.
And Alaa Al Aswany has issued a statement on Facebook saying what was spread online from statements he said about Ibrahim Eissa were false and that his email was hacked !!