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Egypt’s court shuts down belly dancing channel, religious cleric
Egypt's administrative court shuts down famous belly dancing channel Al-Tet and, in a separate case, Sheikh Abdullah Badr's programme
Ahram Online, Saturday 16 Feb 2013
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Egypt’s court takes Belly dancing channel
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Egyptian administrative court rules in two separate cases on Saturday to cut the broadcast of a channel and a programme amid the recent rise in media-related cases.

In the first case, the court orders that the popular Al-Tet belly dancing channel be taken off air for broadcasting on satellite without a license.

The court ruling also accused the channel of airing "provocative advertisements" for sexual products and for facilitating escort-like services.

In May, the owner of Al-Tet, Baleegh Hamdi was arrested on suspicions of facilitating prostitution through his channel, but was later released. Anyone involved in prostitution could face three years in jail under Egyptian law.

In the other case, the administrative court rejects an appeal on Saturday by Sheikh Abdullah Badr and Atef Abdel-Rashid, the owner Al-Hafez religious channel, against a ruling on 12 January that barred Badr's programme Fi Al-Mizan for 30 days.

Prominent actress Elham Shahin and TV anchor Hala Sarhan filed the original lawsuit, demanding the Al-Hafez channel be shut down for insulting Shahin on his programme.

"Elham Shahin is cursed and she will never enter heaven," Badr said on air.

Badr was slammed on 17 December with a year in jail and bail set at LE20,000 (roughly $3,000) by a misdemeanour court.

In November, Masr El-Gedida TV host and Salafist preacher Khaled Abdullah, known for his vocal criticism of liberals and opposition protesters, was taken off the air for 25 days by court order.

In August anti-revolution Al-Faraeen channel, owned by controversial TV anchor Tawfiq Okasha, was shut down after the Muslim Brotherhood filed a lawsuit accusing Okasha of inciting violence against the Brotherhood and encouraging attacks on President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood's ranks. Al-Faraeen was brought back on air in October.



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Canadian women
19-02-2013 07:08pm
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Non-sense
In civilized countries belly dancing is very popular, women pay for taking these classes as first of all this is healthy exercise, keeping from gaining weight and feeling energetic and simply good about yourself. And yes, it is nice show, and big attraction for tourists, especially in Egypt. So it is another stupid step to take to destroy this beautiful country. Very disappointing.
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sammyb
18-02-2013 01:52am
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Tourism
The Sharia law is the law of the land in Egypt, of course belly dancing is a sin as well as alcoholic beverages and so on, tourism is dead in Egypt, let the clerics find a substitute, they maybe able to get tourist for the stone age attraction,you just never know what they are capable of.
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prettycool
17-02-2013 10:31am
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Ridiculous
This is getting seriously dumb, the belly dance channel is just a channel for dance, I've seen it there is nothing wrong with it! They are shutting down clubs which are an important tourist industry for Egypt and they are shooting themselves in the foot. This country isn't like other muslim countries it's economy depends on tourism and it's dying fast! Belly dance is one of the reasons tourism is going!
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Nora
16-02-2013 11:01pm
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More media outlets need closure
For the good of the country, I am totally for full closure of all media outlets that are owned by the previous regime figures, or by the rich Arab Gulf businessmen. They both have motives in keeping Egypt in constant turmoil.
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neil
16-02-2013 03:05pm
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security is predictability
according to social contract theory governments are formed to provide security, in the form of predictable behavior and freedom from arbitrary tyranny, but in the Land That Logic Forgot, the process is reversed, courts and police are a freedom-stealing explosion
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neil
16-02-2013 03:01pm
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up-side down bizzzaro land
in the real world, governments sometimes pass restrictive laws, and courts are there to over-rule violations of freedoms, likewise, contracts are between two parties and can only be disputed by those parties, likewise, only police can file a case with the prosecution only in the Land That Logic Forgot, can this process be scrambled
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Ansari
17-02-2013 11:24am
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Egypt’s court shuts down belly dancing channel is very good decision as it is immoral and indecent
IN EGYPTIAN SOCIETY THE BELLY DANCING IS NOT CONSIDERED as a taseful entertainment. It is considered bad and pornographic. Hence the court decsion to to ban the belly dancing channel is in the best interest of the general public to avoid corruption of young minds.
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Jon
16-02-2013 02:39pm
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This must stop
If you want to build a country on the foundation of democracy and civil rights, free speech is an important corner stone, maybe the most important. You cannot have courts that close media outlets out of what seems to be nothing but arbitrary personal tastes. It is simply - distasteful.
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