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Information minister Heikal takes swipe at Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr

Osama Heikal charges that Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr did not respect the law, leading to a raid on their offices

Ahram Online, Saturday 17 Sep 2011

Minister of Information Osama Heikal hit out at Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, whose ‎office was raided by national security police on 9 September, its transmissions ‎stopped ever since.

Heikal denied that the procedures undertaken against ‎Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr was part of a bigger plan to muzzle the media, saying the Qatari ‎satellite channel “forced” its existence in Egypt and did not respect the law.‎

“It’s about respecting the authorities,” he said. “Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr forced its entry in ‎Egypt without respecting the law or the nation.‎

“Its office in Egypt was illegally opened, the owners did not ask for permission from ‎anyone and did not acquire the three compulsory licences to launch this channel.‎

“This channel was operating against the will of the authorities and the law, and it had to ‎be shut down, pursuant to the rules," he said.‎

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