In recent months, the Turkish government has expressed its desire to restore diplomatic relations with Egypt. Since then, the two countries have been discussing to find a way to renew an agreement that does not necessarily delight everyone.
Egyptian media refugees in Turkey are looking for a way out. In April, the Egyptian channel Mekameleen said it was ending its activities in Istanbul where it had been based for 8 years. Many Egyptian channels in the country may soon make the same decision. Mekameleen said in its statement that the channel would relocate its studios “due to the circumstances which are not hidden from anyone”.
The announcement was made after a meeting between the Turkish president and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, an ally of Egypt. Al Sharq, another Egyptian television channel present in Turkey for 6 years, plans to take the same decision.
Since Abdel Fattah Al Sissi took power, his opponents and the press critical of government action have gone into exile. Turkey, which was on very bad terms with Egypt, became the oasis of media critical of the Egyptian regime, until the ongoing rapprochement between the two countries.