Blog Rough Draft: Mayada Ashraf, an Egyptian Journalist
The death of Mayad Ashraf was not given a fair and honest coverage and investigation. Many artefacts were downplayed or were disregarded altogether. Here, I will seek to shed light on the events that surrounded the shooting and killing of the journalist. Specifically, I will capture:
- Whether protestors and police opened fire, and in which manner;
- The direction from where the killer-bullet came from;
- Who tried to rescue Mayad and why;
- Communications from Mayad’s seniors and their significance;
- The response of both government security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood to Mayad’s shooting and its implications and;
- Media coverage of the event.
My final blog post will refer to the following sites; (MEMO p1)
The above sources show that the police were first to open fire and they shot at protestors indiscriminately. This is likely and regardless of the fact that one would want to believe the counterargument staged by the police that protestors are the ones who started shooting, another event casts doubt on this claim. There is video proof showing protestors trying to rescue Mayad. This begs the question, why would the protestors shoot Mayad and try to rescue her later. Mayad’s partner was with her during the shooting and he claims a police sniper shot Mayad. Whereas some would be tempted to brush this aside as just a vain eyewitness claim or somebody in shock trying to explain the death of a partner, Mayad’s partner can help identify the direction from which the killer-shot came. This is because he can help trace Mayad’s last location before she was shot. Forensics can help track the bearing of the shooter based on the point at which Mayad was shot (MEMO p3).
Mayad’s seniors report that they called ambulance services to collect her corpse that was lying at a location where the protest had degenerated into sheer chaos. The delay of the ambulance services’ response to the call by Mayad’s left a lot to be desired because the ambulance services should have responded faster due to the victim’s position in the society. Whereas it is possible that activity around Mayad’s corpse was intense and it could have hampered rescuers’ access to it, it is also possible that somebody delayed the response. When word went round that the government could have been responsible for the murder, the government was quick to release video footage of some protestors opening fire. Had there not been charges that the government could have been responsible for Mayad’s demise, it would have possibly provided the footage. However, one cannot help wondering whether the video footage is adequate evidence to vindicate the government from the murder (MEMO p3).
Media controlled by the military and Al Jazeera reported that Mayad was shot by pro-Morsi protesters. Even so, these media did not provide substantive proof that could indicate that she was not by a police sniper. Any rational person would not doubt that the military influenced these media on what to say about this unfortunate event (MEMO p4). In conclusion, if it is true that these media released what they were told by the military, it would be even more unfortunate that these media sacrificed the principle of fair and honest coverage onto which journalism is based.
MEMO. Egypt: Who killed Mayada Ashraf? MEMO Middle East Monitor March 29, 2014. Print. Retrieved July 2, 2014 from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/10589-egypt-who-killed-mayada-ashraf