Independent Daily 'El Shorouk' has accused America of abandoning Freedom of Speech for Egyptians after the Washington Post attacked comments made by US Ambassador Maragret Scobey at Cairo University last month.
In a speech made to students at the University she stated that "In my time in Egypt, I have noticed that many Egyptians are very free to speak out. The press debates so many things." leaving many wondering if she had actually ever left the Embassy compound or indeed followed the Egyptian Media. Reporters without has ranked Egypt at 143rd out of 175 countries for Press Freedom.
Critics have commented that this unschooled comment was made in attempt to avoid a question regarding the American Position on Democracy in Egypt.