Anas al-Fiqi
Former Minister of Information Anas Al-Fikki - YOUM7 (Archive)

Arabic: انس الفقي

Born October 14, 1960

Former Minister of Information

 

Anas al-Fiqi was appointed Minister of Information in February 2004. He was on the receiving end of much public anger during Egypt’s January 25 Revolution and its aftermath.

 

On February 12, 2011 al-Fiqi resigned from his position as Minister of Information. He was placed under house arrest and charged with use of heavy corruption.

 

On January 30, 2011, the Cairo offices of Al-Jazeera were forcibly closed, and al-Fiqi is believed to have ordered the closure as a form of censorship and an attempt to dissuade increasing numbers of demonstrators.

 

Al-Fiqi is believed to be a confidante for former President Hosni Mubarak and his son Gamal, increasing his unpopularity among Egypt’s young revolutionaries. Demonstrators have also accused al-Fiqi of using state television to spread misinformation about the demonstrations and incite fear against the demonstrators and foreigners.

 

On February 10, 2011 al-Fiqi told Reuters that Mubarak would not be stepping down from office. His statements angered demonstrators in Tahrir Square, as rumors had spread that Mubarak would announce his resignation from office that evening. Mubarak did not step down that night, but his vice-president announced his resignation the next day.

 

 

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