Long uneasy with the threat posed by a free and independent media, Cairo’s power players are finding new ways to bring the press to heel. Sources reveal that corporate entities linked to the intelligence services may be an unlikely tool for the regime, as it seeks to stifle the media sector for good.
Control the media and you control the masses – a motto applicable to Riyadh’s power players. Although media ownership garners less attention than petrochemicals and construction in Saudi Arabia, its relevance to understanding internal dynamics must not be downplayed.
If politics is the pursuit of power, then the media is a usefully ally in pursuit. But what, and who, shapes Egypt’s media landscape?