Egypt ad warns people to stay away from foreigners
The Egyptian government has been slammed for releasing a series of television advertisements, which warn citizens against talking to foreigners because they might be spies.
Cairo: The Egyptian government has been slammed for releasing a series of television advertisements, which warn citizens against talking to foreigners because they might be spies.
The 40 seconds advert features a foreign man walking into a café and then sitting down with a group of three young Egyptians.
A girl at the table starts talking to the English-speaking guest about a reported conspiracy against the Army.
The man nods along, before tapping a message into his mobile phone to an unknown third party.
A slogan then appears on screen saying, ‘Every word has a price; a word can save a nation.’
According to The Independent, the adverts, which appeared on state-owned and private television stations, have generated bemusement and anger among Egyptians and foreigners alike.
An Egyptian blogger Zeinobia raised the possibility the campaign was an ‘opening salvo in a war against civil-rights organisations and journalists.’
“I fear that this ad is an introduction for a campaign against human rights activists and journalists from abroad so they will not cover the upcoming crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood as well (as) revolutionary powers and groups,” the blogger wrote.
According to the paper, a Cairo-based journalist criticized the advert, saying it took Egypt back to the ‘Dark Ages’.