Alhurra and Radio Sawa commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution with a series of special reports and programs highlighting the uprising and the challenges that have faced the nation in the subsequent years.
Alhurra’s Egypt-based program Hiwar Cairo examined the political and social changes in Egypt since the revolution led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The discussion included an Ahram political analyst, an Egyptian journalist and a coordinator of the Kifaya Movement.
Alhurra’s newscasts and magazine programs took an extensive look at the challenges and accomplishments of the revolution, and the very differing views of Egyptians as to whether the revolution was a success. Egyptian revolution participant Ziad Al Alami joined the network to talk about the goals of the uprising and what was achieved. Another report tracked the many setbacks following three weeks of protests. The network also profiled the levels of personal freedom after the revolution and how the Egyptian economy has fared. Alhurra also examined the beliefs of some that the idea of the Arab Spring was just a conspiracy theory by the West to change the Middle East.
Alhurra also televised the acclaimed documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician. The film revolves around the events that occurred during the Egyptian revolution from three different perspectives portrayed in three different chapters. The first chapter, titled “The Good,” revolves around the revolutionaries. The second part, “The Bad,” sheds light on Egypt’s police force. The third chapter, “The Politician,” centers on the politicians who were the target of the uprising. Each chapter was directed by an different Egyptian director who participated in the revolution.
The network launched a video series about the state of the Egyptian street. The series, which was designed for Alhurra’s Facebook page, tells stories of young nonpartisan opinion leaders who were part of the uprising. New videos will be posted up until Feb. 11.
Radio Sawa’s daily program Sawa Magazine hosted a panel of Egyptian journalists to get their opinions on the last five years in the North African country. The radio network also covered the political climate since the revolution.
MBN’s digital properties posted a photoblog featuring historical moments from the revolution and scenes from Tahrir Square. They provided a look back at the major events that have occurred in Egypt between the 2011 protests and today. MBN’s social media properties asked readers to share their feelings about how the revolution changed the lives of Egyptians.