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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez expressed Egypt's utter rejection of the statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and other Turkish statements concerning the legal measures undertaken by the Egyptian authorities against an illicit Turkish electronic media cell in Egypt. He added that the cell operated under the cover of a company founded by elements of the terrorist Brotherhood with Turkey’s support, to spread false and fabricated information about the political, economic, security and rights situation in Egypt, and relay them to its dens in Turkey, in an attempt to distort Egypt’s image on both the domestic and international levels.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson affirmed that all measures taken by the competent Egyptian authorities in this regard were carried out in accordance with the laws and regulations enforced to deal with such irregular and illicit cases.
Moreover, the spokesperson denounced the fact that such a statement has been issued by a regime that is ranked squarely, across global press freedom indicators, as one of the worst violators of freedoms of opinion, expression, and the press, among other fundamental rights and freedoms. This is not to mention the Turkish regime’s support and financing of extremist groups and terrorist militias in a number of countries in the region, seeking to control their peoples’ fates through force of arms and the employment of rogue terrorization and intimidation tactics, in a desperate attempt by Ankara’s regime to achieve personal ambitions and private schemes to restore a past based on the illusion of false glories.
Hafez added that the Turkish Foreign Ministry, as it spouts its regime’s venom through the deficiency of its fraudulence, should have rather taken note that this would not erase or obfuscate the reality of the disgraceful regime that has defiled Turkey’s standing and ranked it among one the worst jailors of journalists globally, ranking 157th out of 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index. For instance, according to numerous reports of relevance, Turkey cancelled the permits of nearly 682 journalists residing in Turkey during the period from November 2018 to March 2019 alone.