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Iraqi questioned over 'promotion' of Shiism in Egypt

An Iraqi man is accused of spreading Islamic denomination of Shiism in Egypt via a television channel that he runs

Ahram Online, Monday 27 May 2013
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Egyptian prosecutors are investigating allegations that an Iraqi man, who owns a television channel operating in Egypt, has been promoting Shiism.

Ali El-Kazemy, who reportedly holds a Dutch passport, is also accused of illegally airing media content via the internet without a licence, and of managing the channel’s headquarters without authorisation.

According to Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website, the channel was discovered following several complaints filed with the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU).

Anti-Shia sentiments have been aired by some sections of Egyptian society recently, with Salafist groups raising fears about the “spread” of the Islamic denomination in Egypt following a new thaw in diplomatic ties with Shiite-majority state Iran.

On 13 May, member of the Salafist Nour Party Tharwat Attallah stirred controversy by stating that “the Shias are more dangerous than naked [women]."

Attallah’s comment came during a meeting between members of the cultural committee of the Shura Council during a discussion about Iranian tourism to Egypt, with some expressing fears that it could spread Shiism in the country.

In April, more than 50 Iranians – the first official group of Iranians to visit Egypt for tourism in decades – arrived in Upper Egypt amid tight security. The visit came as part of a bilateral tourism agreement signed in February.

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Anony
28-05-2013 12:54pm
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Really? No other problems?
I really wonder, whether Egypt has no other problems than opinions of some people and that they spread them...?! So spreading Shiism is worse than letting the people in poverty, leaving them illiterate and without any security in life? AH COME ON! I thought you want to create a democratic country, so you also have to live with people not having the same opinion or a different religion or a different definition of what YOU think is right... What about: Live and LET LIVE! :)
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