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Dozens of Islamists protest demanding purge of Egypt's media

Islamists gather again at media complex on outskirts of Cairo to protest 'media bias'

Ahram Online, Friday 29 Mar 2013
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On Friday, dozens of Islamist protesters gathered at Egyptian Media Production City, a media complex on the outskirts of Cairo, to once again demand the "purging of biased Egyptian media."

A number of security vehicles were deployed around the complex.

At a similar protest on Monday, several media figures were assaulted by protesters at the entrance to the area.

The Monday protest were initially called for by several Islamist groups on Saturday due to what they described as biased coverage of the clashes at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo's Mokattam district on Friday 22 March.

Around 200 people were injured in nationwide clashes last Friday between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In December, following an appeal by influential Salafist politician Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi staged an almost week-long sit-in outside the media complex to demand a "purge" of media elements "who are misleading the public and inciting violence."

Most private Egyptian television and radio stations air their programmes from the complex in Sixth October City, a satellite city on the outskirts of Cairo.

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