Egypt to try anti-Morsi talk show host in September
Flamboyant anti-Morsi talk show host, Tawfiq Okasha, will face trial on 1 September on charges of calling for the murder of the president
AFP, Thursday 16 Aug 2012
Controversial TV Host Tawfik Okasha
Egyptian talk show host Tawfiq Okasha will face trial on 1 September on charges of calling for the murder of President Mohamed Morsi, the official MENA news agency reported on Thursday.
The editor of the small independent newspaper Al-Dustour, Islam Afifi, will also face trial on 23 August on charges of spreading false news and inciting disorder.
Tawfiq Okasha, who owns Al-Faraeen channel that airs his stridently anti-Morsi show, has been banned along with Afifi from leaving the country and authorities stopped his channel from broadcasting for a month.
The move to try the two journalists, both ardent opponents of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement, comes as anti-Morsi activists plan a protest campaign against the Islamist president on 24 August.
After his inauguration on 30 June, Morsi has moved to bolster his power over the influential military and a state media that had been hostile towards his once banned movement.