Five publishing houses allegedly affiliated with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood have been seized by the Egyptian government, a committee tasked with appraising and freezing the funds of the organisation said in an official statement on Tuesday.
The committee decided to seize the publishing houses of Dar El-Fath Arabic Media, Arab Media Centre, Dar El-Fadila, Iqraa Publishing House and Hroof for Publishing and Distribution.
The former Minister of Information and fugitive- since 2013, Salah Abdel-Maksoud, heads the Arab Media Centre.
The publishing houses were handed over by the committee to the Ministry of Culture. The culture ministry is expected to operate the five publishing houses.
The committee has thus far frozen the funds and taken control of over a thousand NGOs and nearly 100 schools allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as seized the assets of over 700 of the groups' leaders.