Sisi Warns against Spreading Rumors Aimed at Harming Egypt

Monday, 23 July, 2018 - 09:00
Cairo - Mohammed Abdo Hassanein

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi warned on Sunday that attempts to spark chaos and instability in Egypt by fueling discontent are the most serious threats the country has faced in recent years.

“The real danger lies in blowing up countries from within. Spreading rumors that stoke hopelessness and frustration are part of a grand network aimed at only one objective and that is to push people to destroy their country,” he said at a military academy graduation ceremony in Cairo.

Member of Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism Brigadier General Khaled Okasha accused the banned Muslim Brotherhood of fabricating these rumors as one of its final attempts to topple the regime.

He told Asharq al-Awsat that the terrorist Brotherhood is promoting rumors through a Turkey-sponsored media platform and operating according to a calculated intelligence approach.

Okasha said that an alarming number of rumors have been monitored recently, adding that the people have grown frustrated with constantly receiving false news.

He explained that countries around the war have been victim to this type of warfare, saying it is a means of intelligence that has grown more modern with technological advances.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Information Committee Osama Heikal, meanwhile, called for establishing a “government monitor” that would immediately address rumors and provide facts and correct information to the public.

Several social media platforms and websites affiliated with the Brotherhood recently posted rumors on increased prices, accidents, fires and many other incidents, but authorities were quick to quash them.

Since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and supporters sought refuge in Turkey and Qatar where they employ their media platforms to constantly attack the Egyptian regime.

Sisi said that his government had detected 21,000 false rumors in three months alone.

“We must be alert and pay attention to what is being spun against us in secret,” he demanded, without naming any party.

He said that while he understood the economic hardships that ordinary Egyptians are enduring due to economic reforms, nothing justifies “causing chaos and destroying the state”.

In his speech, the president addressed the 66th anniversary of July 23, 1952 Revolution, which ended the monarchy and established the republican system in Egypt, stressing that it kicked off a new course of national action.

Sisi noted that the government is implementing a comprehensive strategic vision to build a strong and advanced nation in all fields through a national economic and social reform program that takes into account citizens of low-income, while encouraging foreign and local investments.

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