Every few months since President Sisi took office someone at the Washington Post takes Egypt to task for “human rights abuses.” These articles and editorials seem all to be written on the same template, using much of the same material and making the same misleading points. They might appear as a news column, an editorial, and op-ed piece, or a “how this affects one Egyptian family in the U.S.” story in the Metro section. Last Thursday’s “human rights under Sisi suck” article follows the established pattern.
First, President Sisi is falsely described as having come to power in a coup. In fact, he came to power in the same way former President Morsi did: via a popular uprising, as described in an earlier Post article.