What Do You Do with a Traitorous Journalist?

hangmanIn Egypt, they’re finally getting around to addressing Islamist-terrorist propaganda, and one way they’re doing it is sending two Al-Jazeera “journalists” — news producer Alaa Omar Mohammed Mohammad and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Hilal — to the gallows, along with Asmaa al-Khateib, a “journalist” for Rasd, a Moslem Brotherhood front.

That’s, if they can get their hands on them — the journalists have reportedly bugged out and the court sentenced them in absentia. 

The same trial also sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi, who did his best during his one-year reign, during which he seized absolute power, to turn Egypt into a Moslem Brotherhood Islamist state (with the support of a certain United States President), to death. It probably makes little difference for Morsi, as past trials have already sentenced him to death for terrorism and the Wadi el-Natrun prison break of 2011, to life in prison for espionage for Qatar, and to 20 years for arresting and torturing protesters and incitement to violence during his brief and bloody reign.

Naturally, American media are appalled that journalists should be held accountable for what they do.  The New York Post:

An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi, the case’s top defendant, was also sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013 and has already been sentenced to death in another case.

Saturday’s verdicts can be appealed.

The two Al-Jazeera employees – identified by the judge as news producer Alaa Omar Mohammed and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Hilal – were sentenced in absentia along with Asmaa al-Khateib, who worked for Rasd, a media network widely suspected of links to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood was banned and declared a terrorist group after Morsi’s ouster.

The Brotherhood was also a banned terrorist group for most of Egypt’s history as an independent state. (Morsi was a member, and his brief and disastrous interregnum resulted from its unbanning). It’s also banned as terrorist organization in Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, as well as Russia. Note that Qatar, the national sponsor of Al-Jazeera and the recipient of the journalists’ pilfered secrets, is one of the few nations in the region that is Moslem Brotherhood-friendly.

As far as its ties to terrorists go, who murdered Egyptian President and Middle East peacemaker Anwar Sadat? An Islamist group, inspired by and closely aligned with the Brotherhood.

Say what you will of the Egyptians, they know exactly whom they’re fixing to hang.

11 thoughts on “What Do You Do with a Traitorous Journalist?

  1. Scott

    I’m corn-fused…

    “The same trial also sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi, who , to death.”

    vs. the included quote:

    “”Morsi, the case’s top defendant, was also sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013 and has already been sentenced to death in another case.””

    Perhaps the snipped parentheticals distracted you? Or am I missing something?

    1. Hognose Post author

      Earlier version did say death, I thought. (Although I think 20 in an Egyptian jug is pretty close).

      They should whack him soonest; else he may pull a comeback.

  2. ToastieTheCoastie

    Like many other rights, like freedom of religion and freedom of speech, freedom of the press rests on implicit assumptions. We’ve completely done away with those assumptions, so I really don’t see a problem with revising the traditional protections journalists have enjoyed.

    Death or prison might be too far for all but the most egregious cases, but journalists who deliberately enable evil should at least be cut off from working in a news capacity.

    1. archy

      Like many other rights, like freedom of religion and freedom of speech, freedom of the press rests on implicit assumptions. We’ve completely done away with those assumptions, so I really don’t see a problem with revising the traditional protections journalists have enjoyed.

      Nah. Just as they claim that the Second Amendment rights only apply to those in the militia, ie the state National Guard units, so too does the First Amendment *free press* protection only belong to those whose print or media output is available free, not the corporate interests who charge for newspapers or television/radio advertising. By the way: the *corruption of blood* stuff that protects their families for their treasonous misdeeds is forfeit too, just so long as proper steps are taken to protect all involved from bloodborne pathogen spills.

  3. Boat Guy

    Gotta love the NY Posts style-book obfuscation using “alleged” AFTER conviction.
    In the case of many of our “Operatives With Bylines” I’d say “Hangin’s too good” but I does have economy of scale and avoids the old “cruel and unusual” issue.
    There are any number of light poles along Independence and Constitution Avenues in the District that would look wonderful festooned with the swinging corpses of traitors.

  4. morokko

    “Say what you will of the Egyptians, they know exactly whom they’re fixing to hang”
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/23/4-year-old-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-for-murder-was-error-egyptian-military-says.html
    Perhaps they just got the wrong criminal:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3441125/Shocking-new-ISIS-video-shows-four-year-old-British-boy-dubbed-Jihadi-Junior-blowing-four-alleged-spies.html
    To quote narrator of Woodrell`s novel “Woe to live on” – “Puppies make hounds”. Maybe Gippoes are onto something.

  5. gwood

    The Daily Mail really should add an “up” between “Junior” and “four” in that link. Unless it was deliberate…

  6. Bill T

    If you hand out the death penalty and don’t go through with it either because you don’t have the felon in custody or you just don’t want to, it’s kinda’ a moot point. NOT hanging someone takes the point out of “Capital Punishment” doesn’t it?
    We in the West do this a LOT. It can usually be attributed to lack of political spines/guts!
    I’m a big fan of “suicide-by-cop”. Gets the job done with minimal taxpayer dollars spent.

  7. archy

    ***I’m a big fan of “suicide-by-cop”. Gets the job done with minimal taxpayer dollars spent.***

    Known in Europe as *todesstrafe vor hinter tür,* literally *a death penalty through the back door*
    Think a police SEK sniper using a silenced rifle through a window to get the effect….

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