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Egypt's Salafist Nour Party trying to reinstate closed Islamist TV channels

Salafist party says it's negotiating reinstatement of religious TV channels taken off air following former president Mohamed Morsi's Wednesday ouster, says party head

Ahram Online, Thursday 4 Jul 2013
Younes Makhioun, Head of Nour Party (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)
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Egypt's Salafist Nour Party is currently negotiating with the relevant authorities in an effort to reinstate religious television channels taken off air following former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster on Wednesday, party head Younis Makhioun said in a Thursday statement.

As Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday evening announced Morsi's removal from office, a handful of Islamist channels – including the Muslim Brotherhood's Misr 25 and the Al-Hafez and Al-Nas TV channels – were abruptly taken off air.

Personnel working for the channels, meanwhile, were arrested.

The channels had sparked controversy in the past, with critics accusing them of employing "hate speech" against Christians, Shia-Muslims and secular opposition figures.

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A Elfattah
05-07-2013 02:13am
Breathing space
When religous channels can be trusted to keep to religous subjects then I'm sure they can be re-instated. Unfortunately all too often political rhetoric and religous fervour get confused and until such a time as each can be kept in their rightful place there needs to be some guidelines that are adhered to. Getting these channels to keep out of politics and confine themselves to religous matters is a mammoth problem. At this difficult time an important consideration for the future of all Egyptians when a great deal of restraint and understanding is needed.
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