Egyptian TV personality Shahira Amin has told The Guardian that ”Corruption and censorship are worse today than under Mubarak.” She quit Egyptian state TV on 3 February at the height of the political unrest and mass protests in the Middle East. At the time of her resignation, there was optimism in Egypt and the west that the country’s corrupt and censored media would be reformed.
Following demonstrations from media workers and a shift in news coverage after the revolution – protesters were transformed from “thugs” to “heroes” – it seemed that the country’s state media were becoming more open. Ms Amin, however, believes they have gone backwards. “The army is in complete control. They have simply replaced Mubarak and they are even more intimidating.”