ElBaradei denied appearance on state television

Ahram Online, Wednesday 15 Jun 2011

Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei says he was denied appearance on state television, while the head of Egypt TV says the channel not ready to receive presidential candidates

Mohamed ElBaradei
Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: AP)

Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei says he was banned from appearing on Egyptian state television when he was invited to speak on religious preacher Amr Khaled’s program 'Tomorrow is Better.'

In reaction, El-Baradei tweeted on Tuesday night, “Planned appearance on Egyptian state television denied. Policy of censure and vilification continues.”

Mohamed Yehia, the program’s producer, said Nihal Kamal, the head of state television, apologized for not being able to receive ElBaradei on state television as expected on Thursday night claiming that state television cannot receive presidential candidates yet.

Islamic religious preacher Amr Khaled had previously announced on his website that he will be receiving ElBaradei as a guest on his show screening Thursday night on the state satellite channel one and state owned channel two.  

Several online activists have called for a silent protest on Thursday at 3pm in front of broadcast and television building in Maspero as a response.

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