Mubarak Addresses Protesters in Tahrir Square, Will Not be Stepping Down

Posted: February 10, 2011 by Mike Carter in News

Al-Jazeera’s live feed found here

Al-Ahram coverage here

Main points:

Mention of a transition happen by September were met with loud chants from the crowd of “he must leave”.

Mubarak quotes:

-I have laid down a clear vision for resolution to the conflict.

-The blood of those killed in the violence will not be wasted.

-The current moment is not relating [to me] it is now relating to Egypt, future generations…

-Constitutional changes will open door to overturning emergency law

-I will not accept to be the subject of foreign pressure

-The gathering in Alexandria, following the speech, marched towards a military compound chanting “what is your position, the future is in our hands”.

  1. Philip Lee says:

    Thanks for this. Interesting question: where did the false reports that he would be stepping down originate and how did they spread?

    • sharonfawcett says:

      The top story on the daily UN Wire yesterday was “Mubarack could step down tonight.” They said that the information was “according to NBC sources,” then gave links to the story on MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Oddly, when I click those links today, they all open to stories about Mabarak’s REFUSAL to step down (during his speech last night/Thursday). Is this an example of the internet “correcting” itself?

      • Mike Carter says:

        Seems to me like rumors started upon the announcement that he was to address the protesters. It was an assumption on the part of the people on the ground one would assume, it would seem logical that that is what he was going to do. The spread of this rumor-news was facilitated most likely by twitter and NBC and other news sources probably picked up on this from there. It is an interesting phenomenon. Another example of correction-on-the-fly which may become the standard in the digital age. It raises questions about the validity of social media as an apt news source or a rumor mill. After-the-fact checking may well become the norm. Journalists are simply trying to meet market demands and be the first to report, should this be our primary concern?

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