Egyptian govt slammed for releasing 'don't talk to 'spy' foreigners' advert
Cairo, June 9 (ANI): 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 cafe 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'. (ANI)
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