Rahma Zein, an Egyptian, has become a social media sensation for her bold response when she confronted the renowned CNN correspondent, Sarah Sidner, who recently found herself at the center of a controversy related to disinformation. The controversy unfolded when Sarah Sidner appeared in a video receiving instructions to express fear and panic while covering events in Gaza during the early days of the Al-Aqsa flood.
The confrontation took place at the Rafah crossing point and was captured in a video that quickly went viral on social media. In this video, Rahma Zein strongly rebuked Sarah Sidner, denouncing the journalist’s manufactured coverage and suggesting that most Western satellite channels support and justify the actions of the Israeli occupation army.
Rahma scolding the journalist
In this tense exchange, Rahma Zein stated to the CNN journalist, “I understand that you represent your government and policies, claiming to support freedom of expression and freedom of opinion. However, you understand democracy only as it suits you, applying principles only according to your interests. We now see the results of your occupation, your Zionism, and your false representation of Arabs. We observe your inhumane treatment of Arabs and your view of their inferiority.”
She also added, “I don’t want you to bring your cameras so I can speak, but give me answers to my questions. As a human being, I would like to understand why you do this. The real disaster lies in the fact that you seem not to measure the impact of your actions.”
Rahma Zein’s courage and frankness inspired many social media users, who began researching and sharing information about her. Here are some key elements of her biography:
- She studied political science at the American University in Cairo.
- She worked as a presenter and journalist on Egyptian television for some time.
- She also held a position in public relations within a company.
- Currently, she has been the editor-in-chief of a website since April 2022.
Rahma Zein is also known for her ongoing commitment to the Palestinian cause, which she frequently addresses on her personal social media pages. Outside of her work and activism, she practices yoga and swimming.
The confrontation between Rahma Zein and Sarah Sidner has highlighted the challenges journalists face when covering international conflicts and emphasized the importance of truth and objectivity in journalism. Rahma Zein, by taking a stand, reminded everyone of the need to hold the media accountable for their role in disseminating information.
— Joe Hattab – جهاد حطاب (@joe_hattab) October 20, 2023