Last Update 21:59
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

MP Okasha appears on TV despite ban to apologise; claims transgression was a 'test'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Dec 2015
Tawfik Okasha (Photo: TV snapshot)
Views: 2547
Views: 2547

Despite being barred from appearing on TV, controversial parliamentarian and TV host Tawfik Okasha made a live appearance to apologise for the statements believed to have prompted his suspension, saying they were part of a "plan."

Known for his penchant for conspiracy theories, Okasha said he impersonated the "enemy to test the state" so that the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time president Hosni Mubarak would not be repeated.

"I don't contradict myself at all… those I attacked the past couple of days I apologise to them… but that was the plan," he said.

Okasha, who has been a staunch critic of the January 25 Revolution as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, from which the now-ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi hails, was suspended hours after he made statements during a TV interview on the privately owned ONTV channel, where he accused all the Egyptian security apparatuses of “working against the country's interests and working for their own narrow ideas.”

He also criticised Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafer, among other state officials.

Earlier, the independent MP, who amassed the largest sum of votes in the recent elections, caused controversy in the media when he accused the current authorities of trying to create a one-party rule, saying they wanted to “clone the models of the [Nasser era] Arab Socialist Union.”

Okasha's criticism came after security prevented him and a number of parliamentarians from holding a meeting in the House of Representatives headquarters to form a parliamentary block for independents.

He also said he asked for political asylum at the German embassy in Cairo, a claim that he rebuffed while revealing his so-called plan.

"Have I emigrated? Have I travelled to begin with?" Okasha said, adding that the idea of emigration is absurd given that he is the most voted for MP.

"We all have a common enemy… We need to forget all sensitivities between each other, whatever they are and however strong they are," he added, apparently referring to the Brotherhood.

Most of the previous January 25 Revolution anniversaries saw protests and even clashes, unlike the last one, which was relatively calm. There are no clear calls for mobilisation ahead of the fifth anniversary.

The Media Free Zone administration banned Okasha's show on his channel Al-Faraeen for six months on Monday, and also from appearing on any TV channel for the same period of time for committing "violations against media freedoms."

The body, however, issued another statement on Tuesday saying the suspension of his TV appearances and his show would last from three months since decision was made. 

The Media Free Zone administration is part of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), which is the sole entity responsible for issuing broadcasting permits. It has the power to stop the broadcast of a programme on Egypt's NileSat satellite channels from its studios in the Media City in Cairo's 6th of October City.

The possible legal consequences for Okasha's defiance of the ban are as of yet unclear.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

Sam Enslow
30-12-2015 12:52pm
Oh well
The US has Trump. You get Okasha.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.