Tweeters, activists, and media professionals launched a massive attack campaign against Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, after a series of tweets raised questions about his motives and his relationship with the regime in Egypt.
The Egyptian billionaire criticized the economic conditions in Egypt and the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and his nationalization of the Suez Canal.
This is not the first time that Sawiris has engaged in this debate with activists and media professionals, especially after his repeated criticism of the Egyptian regime in the recent period, despite his good relations with the authorities over the years.
What did Sawiris say?
January 15 marks the birthday of the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, when his supporters and fans celebrate him. Among them is the Egyptian political analyst Hassan Nafaa, who tweeted through his account, saying: “The impact of Abdel Nasser will remain in the memory of everyone who believed in him due to his permanent bias towards the poor.”
The Egyptian businessman, Naguib Sawiris, launched a sharp attack in response to a useful tweet, and criticized many events during this period, including the nationalization of the Suez Canal, the Yemen war, and the 1956 war.
Sawiris said: “Where was Egypt’s dignity when he imprisoned and tortured opponents? Where was Egypt’s dignity in his adventures and defeats in Yemen and the disaster of 67 when we lost Sinai and our army returned broken from Sinai? Where was Egypt’s dignity when freedom disappeared during his reign? The socialist system proved its abject failure in the world All of it and communism fell in Russia?
In a later tweet, Sawiris criticized the nationalization of the Suez Canal during the reign of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and said that “without nationalizing the canal, it would have returned to Egypt without debts or the outbreak of the 1956 war.”
A few days ago, Sawiris criticized the announcement of savings certificates with a 25% return, referring to “the negative impact of these certificates on investments in Egypt and the reduction in manufacturing and production.”
Sawiris and the Egyptian media
About a month ago, Sawiris re-published a tweet that included an expressive image of a number of Egyptian media professionals carrying drums, which sparked wide interaction among social media users, and called for our communication between the media professionals who were included in the photo and the businessman.
The photo includes Amr Adib, presenter of the Al-Hekaya program on “MBC Egypt”, the journalist Ahmed Musa, the presenter of the “On My Responsibility” program on Sada Al-Balad channel, the journalist Mustafa Bakri, the presenter of the “Facts and Secrets” program on Sada Al-Bad channel, and the journalist Tawfiq Okasha, who was presenting a program On Al-Faraeen channel before it was closed, and the journalist Tamer Amin, presenter of the Late Al-Nahar program on Al-Nahar channel, and the journalist writer Muhammad Al-Baz, editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour newspaper, and the journalist Moataz Abdel-Fattah, presenter of the 90-minute program.
This sparked a massive attack campaign launched against him by journalists and activists, before he apologized, according to local media sources in Egypt. Sawiris confirmed at the time that it was “an absolutely unintended crisis” and that he “did not intend to attack anyone.” He also indicated that “there is a friendship that brings him together with the journalist Amr Adib.”
Sawiris was also subjected to a sharp attack after his criticism of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Among his attackers was the Egyptian writer Mustafa Bakri, who said, “Sawiris has the right to vent his hatred of Abdel Nasser and called him in a tweet to a joint dialogue in a television interview on the subject.
Islam Jalal believed that “Sawiris’ criticism of Abdel Nasser and Sisi has other unknown goals, including, for example, his candidacy for the presidency.”
Tweeters asked, “Why did Sawiris speak freely without any official reaction from the Egyptian authorities?”
In response to his criticism of the Suez Canal, an amazed tweet asked, “Does Sawiris not know that the British were occupying Egypt? What contracts is he talking about?”
Tweeters defended Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and emphasized, “There are many advantages that outweigh his negatives, the most important of which are free education and the Agrarian Reform Law.”
Supporters of Sawiris
On the other hand, tweeters defended Naguib Sawiris, and emphasized that “he has experience that qualifies him to become a minister of the Egyptian economy.”
While some praised Naguib Sawiris’ “patriotism.”
A tweet also referred to “an old Brotherhood plan to get rid of Naguib Sawiris and other businessmen.”
While another tweeter asked Sawiris about “how ready he is to accept the position of prime minister in Egypt if he is offered it, and will he be able to solve its economic problems?”
- The American “Forbes” magazine revealed that among the 5 richest Arab families in 2022, the family of Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris topped the list, despite losing $800 million, and indicated that the past year was not easy for the Arab region.
- The Sawiris family came out on top, with a fortune of $11.2 billion. The magazine indicated that the decline in the family’s wealth by $800 million is mainly due to the decrease in the wealth of Nassef Sawiris, CEO of OCI NV.
- Nassef Sawiris’ wealth, as of the beginning of 2023, is $ 6.9 billion, and it was $ 7.7 billion on March 11, 2022.
- While Naguib Sawiris, Nassef’s brother, maintained his wealth at $3.4 billion in the same period, while Forbes estimated Samih Sawiris’ wealth at $850 million.