Iâ€™ve been wanting to put up for a while this audio file of Ibrahim Eissaâ€™s speech at the massive press conference at the Journalistsâ€™ Syndicate on September 14th.Â HereÂ is one (poorly) translated excerpt.
â€œWe succeeded in saving the soul of this umma, which seemed about to die in the hospital of President Mubarak, and which has spent 25 years in the Emergency Room. Here she is [the umma], waking up from her coma, thanks to reforming judges, thanks to the Kifaya movement, thanks to Ayman Nour, thanks to the Muslim Brothehood, thanks to the opposition parties, thanks to liberal and socialist forcesâ€”and thanks to the independent press. The independent press, which has raised its voice as the conscience of Egypt, and has presented a model in the last few years of how to lower the president from the throne of a god-like pharaoh, and make him a human, elected president to whom we are capable of saying: no, no and again no.â€�
Â Eissa ends the speech by saying what an distinction it is to be considered the regimeâ€™s â€œnumber one opponentâ€� and â€œthe journalist that the president of the republic wants to jail,â€�Â and gives a warm personal thanks to the President for this honour.