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Egypt's Salafist Nour Party trying to reinstate closed Islamist TV channels

Salafist party says it's negotiating reinstatement of religious TV channels taken off air following former president Mohamed Morsi's Wednesday ouster, says party head

Ahram Online, Thursday 4 Jul 2013
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Younes Makhioun, Head of Nour Party (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)
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Egypt's Salafist Nour Party is currently negotiating with the relevant authorities in an effort to reinstate religious television channels taken off air following former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster on Wednesday, party head Younis Makhioun said in a Thursday statement.

As Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday evening announced Morsi's removal from office, a handful of Islamist channels – including the Muslim Brotherhood's Misr 25 and the Al-Hafez and Al-Nas TV channels – were abruptly taken off air.

Personnel working for the channels, meanwhile, were arrested.

The channels had sparked controversy in the past, with critics accusing them of employing "hate speech" against Christians, Shia-Muslims and secular opposition figures.

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