The government of President Mubarak continued its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as well as anyone connected with the religious group that has been outlawed for many years due to fear it seeks to overthrown the government. Eleven media executives were arrested for “being involved in an Islamic organization affiliated with he Muslim Brotherhood.” The media group included a wide range of individuals including anchors and producers who work for private Egyptian and Arab satellite channels. The detainees claim they were gathered for a discussion with a professor from Al Azhar University. Ahmed Ragheb of the Mubarak Law Center claims at least one anchor, Aly Abdel Rahman, was taken to the hospital after being beaten by the police.
The underlying reason for the attack most probably is connected to the effort of the government to destroy any opposition to its authoritarian rule. The MB most probably has the support of at least one-third of the population, including those who want a free society that will stimulate the economy as it furthers the goal of freedom of speech, assembly and the right to vote for people of one’s choice.