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Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr banned with 3 other channels

A Cairo court orders Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, Ahrar 25, Al-Quds and Al-Yarmouk channels all be taken off air

El-Sayed Gamaleddine, Ayat Al-Tawy, Tuesday 3 Sep 2013
Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr's studio overlooking Tahrir square torched by unknown assailants, November 2012 (Photo: Zeinab El Gundy)
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A Cairo court ordered on Tuesday Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr be taken off air. The administrative court ruling also banned Al-Yarmouk, Al-Quds and Ahrar 25, regarded as channels linked to Islamists, off the Egyptian airwaves.

Al-Jazeera Egyptian channel has come under fire as local media and authorities accused it of bias against the popularly-backed overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July, in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails. Egyptian officials even said the station posed a threat to national security.

The three other channels were also blamed for one-sided reporting in favour of the Brotherhood and its supporters.

Some analysts, however, do not find any value in the ban. "I don't understand the rationale behind such court orders. They are impossible to implement," Khaled Dawoud, a leading member of the liberal Dostour Party told Ahram Online. "If they ban a channel, other channels will come up and find a country to broadcast from."

Dawoud said he had reservations on the coverage of some of these channels for being "platforms" for the Muslim Brotherhood, yet counselled "we should get accustomed to the broadcasting of views we do not sympathise with and stop blaming the media, as we live in an age of diversity."

Egypt's government had already ordered a ban on the the broadcaster's Egyptian channel last week on allegations it lacked legal permits. The channel, now broadcast from Qatar, later challenged the authorities, publishing an alleged operation license by the Egyptian government.

The Doha-based network said in a statement on Sunday it was concerned over alleged harassment of the channel by the Egyptian authorities, citing "the series of detentions" of its staff and seizure of its equipment.

Police have detained a correspondent for Al-Jazeera's Arabic channel, Abdullah El-Shami, since 14 August, and a cameraman for its Egyptian affiliate, Mohamed Badr, for over a month. Three foreign reporters for the Qatari-owned channel were also deported on Sunday after being caught covering political events without the required permits.

The ban comes a day after an Egyptian court ordered the permanent closure of the fiercely anti-liberal Al-Hafez channel.

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Nooman Mufti
03-09-2013 02:21pm
Wow, even Morsi didn't do this to the liberal news channels
Amazing....the new military backed government has done all that and even more of what people accused Morsi of doing to the news channels and print media. Egypt is now truly a Democracy !
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03-09-2013 01:56pm
Credibility of Legal system ????
These are the signs of authoritarian regime….Do Egypt is going towards a democracy?? Day by day the reliability and credibility of the Egypt courts and legal system is ruining… I believe it’s advisable not to use existing system of the country for political gains of some group...Ultimately which will eradicate the confident of the great people of Egypt towards the legal system of the country..
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03-09-2013 01:35pm
Where are the Champion's of Free Media
Mosry & Islamist were blamed anti media,oppressoer of the free speech but they never used such tactis against print & electronic media.Yes one only can expect such crime from dictaros & Coup Junta...but where are our champions of freedom of speech...? Why they mouths are shut now..?
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