July 11 - A pro-Mursi media center in Cairo provides services for foreign and local journalists as they attempt to drive support for Egypt's ousted president. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
As supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gather in Cairo -- the media is the message. They have set up a media center, complete with fast internet service as a way to offer an alternative to what they say is a predominantly anti-Mursi media. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEDIA CENTER CO-ORDINATOR, HASSAN LABANI, SAYING: "We provide services to foreign journalists and correspondents. We have translators and an English section as well as other languages to make it easier for the foreigners to do their work. We also help them communicate with the leaders of the sit-in and the revolutionary youths." After more than 50 pro-Mursi protesters were killed when the army opened fire on them Monday, the independent media largely backed the military's side of events (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEDIA CENTER CO-ORDINATOR, HASSAN LABANI, SAYING: "We try and provide a professional service but the problem is that some associations, especially the local ones, sadly are exposed to interference -- and are led by the leaders of the coup. They are turning back the clock by censoring us or by denying journalists access." While Mursi's supporters call his overthrow a coup -- the military says it was merely enforcing the will of the people after millions rallied on June 30 to call for his resignation.