Campaign For Constitution To Represent All Egyptians Doesn’t Feature Actual Egyptians

Egyptian officials announced their campaign to get all Egyptians to vote in next month’s national referendum on the constitution by releasing the below poster. Unfortunately, not many Egyptians were involved in the making of the poster.

1. Egypt officials formally presented the country’s new constitution Sunday and called on all Egyptian national to vote on it in next month’s referendum.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

2. Egypt’s acting government presented this poster, and called on all Egyptians — including the recently ousted Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters — to vote.

3. But Egyptians couldn’t shake the feeling that the poster didn’t really represent “All Egyptians,” and quickly discovered they were right.

6. So, three out of the five images used were of non-Egyptians. Photographers pointed out that all the photos had been taken from stock images.

"All Egyptians" for the constitution poster = google image search: doctor, Down syndrome, woman, Egyptian soldier and فلاح #StockPic

— taratw (@T Todras-Whitehill)

7. And that no images of bearded Egyptians were used.

.@IslamRahman So the new constitution is for Ireland models & American Down Syndromes but not for bearded Egyptians. #Egypt

— HusniJabir (@Husni Jabir)

8. When Egypt votes on January 14 and 15, it will be the third constitution they’ve looked at in as many years.

Are there stock constitutions? Might be worth considering.

— basildabh (@Basil الضبع)

9. Although it doesn’t really explain why Amr Mousa, the head of the committee that wrote the new constitution had a pretty significant slip of the tongue when he asked all Egyptians to come out and vote…

So.. Amr Mousa accidently asked ppl on national tv to masturbate on the constituion instead of voting on it :-)

— Ateyya (@Ahmed Ateyya)

11. Egyptian officials haven’t responded to how stock photos of non-Egyptians were included in their campaign posters, or to criticism that this constitution, like the ones before it, might once again fail to meet the needs of “All Egyptians.”

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Sheera Frenkel is a Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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