Aired Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
As the protest movement in Egypt continues to send shock waves throughout the country -- and the world -- Frontline dispatches teams to Cairo for a special report. The reporters go inside the youth movement that ignited the uprising in Egypt and investigate the Muslim Brotherhood.
In Revolution in Cairo, airing Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at 9 p.m. on KUED Channel 7, Frontline follows key leaders of the April 6 Youth Movement as they plot strategy, then head out into the Tahrir Square hoping to bring down President Hosni Mubarak. Also in this hour, veteran Middle East correspondent Charles Sennott of GlobalPost, joins Frontline to take a hard look at Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the most well-organized and powerful opposition organization in the country, as a new fight for power in Egypt begins to takes shape.
"This is a story that no one could have predicted, and everyone now wants to know more about," says Frontline executive producer David Fanning. "We're using our new monthly magazine to be able to respond quickly to timely events and help fill the need for added depth and insight on these important breaking stories."
In the special report, Frontline gains unique access to the April 6 group, tracing the long road these young Egyptian activists took to Tahrir Square, as they've made increasingly bold use of the Internet and social networking in their underground resistance over the last few years. Through sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the members of April 6 and related groups helped organize a political movement that the secret police did not understand and could not stop, despite the arrest and torture of some of the movement's key members.
In the second half of the hour, GlobalPost reporter Charles Sennott joins Frontline in Cairo to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood, the controversial but poorly understood Islamist political movement that's poised to play a key role in Egypt's future. While the group was absent in Tahrir Square when young demonstrators first ignited the Egyptian revolution, the Brotherhood assumed a larger role over the course of the protests, taking frontline positions in rock-throwing battles with regime supporters and helping to run emergency medical clinics. Now that the Muslim Brotherhood stands to take a prominent place at the negotiating table, Frontline examines what the group believes and how it may influence politics in the country and the region.
Leading up to the Feb. 22, broadcast, Frontline's website will feature an ongoing "social timeline" of the revolution in Egypt, with videos and photos from Frontline investigators in Cairo and with curated Tweets, Flickr photos, YouTube video and blog posts from the scene. In addition, Frontline (@FrontlineWRLD) will be tweeting (#RevolutionInCairo) during the broadcast and hosting an open chat with producers on its website following the broadcast.
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