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Egypt court issues final verdict banning Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr

The court upheld the 2014 decision to ban the channel for failing to maintain 'necessary objectivity'

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 21 Mar 2016
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste stands inside the defendants
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Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court issued a final verdict on Monday rejecting an appeal by the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel against a court decision banning Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, which provided live coverage of Egyptian events.

In September 2014, the court banned the channel from airing in Egypt for failing to maintain "necessary objectivity," though the channel had already ended broadcasting a year prior.

After the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the channel closed its offices in Cairo and started broadcasting from the Qatari capital.

In August 2013, Egyptian authorities banned the channel – which described Morsi's ouster as a "coup" and continually criticised the Egyptian government – from working in Egypt for not having legal permits.

In December 2014, the channel announced it would stop airing from Doha temporarily "until circumstances are appropriate to resume airing from Cairo after the necessary permits are obtained."

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