Ideologically, they are terrorists, he said.
That attitude suits Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sissi, who is being mentioned as a presidential contender, said Said Sadek, a political sociology professor at the American University of Cairo.
Gen. Sissis policy is the . . . systematic destruction of the Muslim Brotherhood step by step, said Sadek. The role of the media is very crucial.
All sides in the political and sectarian divide have used the media to vilify the other throughout the crisis ignited by the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the former air force general who ruled for 30 years, in a popular 2011 Arab Spring revolution, experts said.
As soon as Morsi became president, private media owned by wealthy businessmen began attacking him over what many Egyptians saw as his bumbling manners and authoritarianism, and Brotherhood-led efforts to steer the country into Islamic rule. In response, more people were charged with insulting the president most notably Bassem Youssef, emcee of Egypts equivalent of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart than during Mubaraks 30-year dictatorship.
Meanwhile, a half-dozen religious channel, including Misr 25 owned by the Brotherhoods political arm, the Justice and Freedom Party, promoted Morsis policies and Islamic rule. Morsis critics were denounced as a kafirs, or non-believers, while minority Christians were insulted.
Kassam blamed broadcasts of hate speech against Shiite Muslims for helping to incite the June slayings of four Shiites by a mob led by Sunni preachers.
These stations werent news stations. They featured religious programs all day and then at night, theyd incite hard-line extremists and theyd basically have discussions about who should be lynched, he said. Whether we agree if it was coup or not, the military had no choice but to move in and depose the president.
In the end, Shafik the blogger said, public resentment of the religious channels fueled by Youssefs hilarious and derisive takedowns of their hosts and Morsi helped fan the popular hatred that enabled the army to overthrow the former president and crackdown on the Brotherhood.
Shafik worries that with all of the senior Brotherhood leaders now jailed and the movement all but crippled, the media could next target critics of the militarys return to power, including the revolutionaries who occupied Cairos Tahrir Square in 2011 to force Mubarak out.
Will the media start demonizing the revolutionaries and pro-democracy activists? he wondered. Thats what we will be watching for.
Amina Ismail contributed to this report.
Correction: This article originally misidentified where editor Gamal Sultan works.