The outrageous sham that Egypt's President calls independent justice should stand as a warning not just to journalists working in the country, but to Egyptians themselves. If Sisi can stare down world-wide condemnation, think how little thought he will give to anyone who has no international voice
Politicians can not function without media exposure - whether that be fair or propaganda.
Political journalists can not function without politicians - be they democratic, autocratic or anywhere in between.
The symbiosis of these two spheres legitimizes the respective worlds of voters and audience/readers.