As we've seen in thee U.S. the past decade, the party that wins the information war usually carries the day. But the SCAF's stranglehold on truth is leaving little room for Egyptians to pick their own winners and losers.
It is tragic when journalists are killed going about their work, and it is natural to want someone or something to blame. But if every protester can hold up a camera or write a blog and then claim protection, how can journalists demand protection?
Opposition political figures in Egypt who once had little or no access to the news media are suddenly being heard on television and in many of the new newspapers. And yet there is this paradox: Egypt plunged down 39 spots on the 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index.
A dual citizen of Egypt and the U.S., Jehane has been living in Cairo for the last few years making a film and chronicling the intensity of her country. Needless to say, she stops at nothing to uncover the truth.
As Egypt moves forward into 2012, the tug-o-war between the state and private media will likely continue unabated. But in this stalemate, it appears more networks than ever are beginning to take risks.