Who is a "key opposition figure"?

Note to AP: do you really need to refer to thoroughly discredited former Wafdist leader No'man Gomaa as a "key opposition figure"? Perhaps when you mentioned that Gomaa was released by prosecutors "because he was in poor health" (ignoring many Egyptian press reports that he was moved to a hospital simply to be spared from jail) you could have perhaps mentioned a real "key opposition figure", Ayman Nour, who a) actually has a disease (diabetes and associated ills)and was not given this special treatment even before he was sentenced to jail and b) today started a hunger strike to protest the fact that he is prevented from publishing his column and being held in unbelievable conditions in a prison hospital?

Just a thought.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.