The Egyptian government has pulled two public service announcements that warned against talking to foreigners.
The spots were pulled after critics charged the
commercials fueled xenophobia and aimed to tarnish those Egyptians who
supported last year's uprising.
The clip shows three young Egyptians sitting in a cafe
when suddenly a nefarious looking foreigner enters the bar. He approaches the
group and in broken Arabic says, "I love you so much."
At this point the narrator adds, "Our generosity has
no limits," as one of the Egyptians stands up, shakes hands and invites
the foreigner to sit with them.
From here, the Egyptians freely share their discontent
with the economy and also share information about overhearing a plot against
the ruling military council in the subway, according to the AP.
The narrator ends the commercial with, "Every word
comes with a price. A word can save a nation," using similar language to
the US World War II propaganda posters claiming, "Loose lips sink
Ahmed Maher, co-founder of April 6, a youth empowerment group
that helped steer the uprising, described the television spots to the AP as,
"deceptive to spread fear of conspiracies and tarnish the image of the
revolutionaries by indicating that dealing with foreign journalists leads to
leaking dangerous information about Egypt."
It remains unknown who commissioned the ads, but The New
York Times said Shahira Amin, a former state-television journalist, reported on
Friday that an unnamed source told her that the advertisements were provided to
the channels by the electoral body running Egypt’s presidential election.
Ali Abderrahman, president of public channels Nile Drama
and Nile cinema, explained to the AFP news agency that the ad was removed on
Friday over concerns that the message was being misunderstood.
“We are a country that aspires to raise the number of
foreign visitors. The ad will be revised so it does not appear as if it is
incitement against foreigners,” Abderrahman added.
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