Egypt orders ‘urgent’ probe into report Cairo backed Trump on Jerusalem

Chief prosecutor says New York Times article alleging Egyptian media was ordered to downplay shift in US policy ‘undermines’ state security

US President Donald Trump welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to the West Wing of the White House, April 3, 2017. (Mark Wilson Wilson/Getty Images via JTA)

US President Donald Trump welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to the West Wing of the White House, April 3, 2017. (Mark Wilson Wilson/Getty Images via JTA)

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Thursday’s events as they unfold.

 

Egypt orders probe into report that Cairo backed Trump on Jerusalem

Egypt’s chief prosecutor has ordered an “urgent” investigation into a New York Times report about recordings purportedly of an intelligence officer instructing TV talk show hosts and a famous actress to downplay US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Chief prosecutor Nabil Sadeq’s statement says the report, published over the weekend, “undermines Egypt’s security, public peace and hurts the public’s interest.”

The decision followed a flurry of condemnation of the Times by lawmakers, commentators and the State Information Service.

The government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a close Trump ally, has denounced Trump’s Jerusalem decision.

Michael Slackman, The Times’ international editor, is quoted as saying in an article published Wednesday that the paper’s “story was a deeply reported, consequential piece of journalism, and we stand fully behind it.”

— AP

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