After the latest attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, the AP has decided that the old boilerplate no longer holds.
Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 80 million. They complain frequently of discrimination, though they generally live in peace with the Muslim majority despite occasional flare-ups of violence, especially over limits on church building.
I guess a suicide bombing killing 21 and wounding 80 after a New Year’s mass made them decided that the “occasional flare-ups of violence” needs to be retired.
Egypt has seen a string of attacks on Christians in recent years, most notably, in January 2009, when seven Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting on a church in southern Egypt during celebrations for the Orthodox Coptic Christmas.
Christians, mainly Orthodox Copts, are believed to make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s mainly Muslim population of nearly 80 million people, and they have grown increasingly vocal in complaints about discrimination.
But of course, this being the AP, they have to “balance” the constant stream of Muslim attacks on Christians with tales of Christian violence.
In November, hundreds of Christians rioted in the capital, Cairo, smashing cars and windows after police violently stopped the construction of a church. The rare outbreak of Christian unrest in the capital left one person dead.
So, what, Christians rioted and murdered Muslims over the canceling of a church? Uh, no.
One person died and 68 others were injured when security forces halted construction on a church citing violations of building permits.
Angry Christians hurled stones while riot police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets near the church and later in clashes outside the governor’s office.
Oh, the cops killed the Christian, not the other way around. Yeah, that makes them just as violent as the Muslims murdering them by the dozens. In church.
It’s all about the balance, you see. The AP starts the new year off the same way it ended the old: Not objective, telling its own narrative, not really informing. Happy new year, AP!