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State TV website hacked to protest clashes coverage

Official State Television website attacked; Hackers leave message decrying coverage of Saturday's clashes

Ahram Online, Sunday 20 Nov 2011
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Screen shot of the hacker's message on the official website of Egypt state television

Egypt’s official State Television Network website was attacked on Sunday by hackers who left a message on the site’s main page condemning state media coverage of Saturday ’s clashes in Tahrir Square between protesters and security forces.

The message, posted in Arabic, read: “This is a simple response to the absurdities we saw [on state television] yesterday. Same failed policies and hypocrisy. Previously, you were hypocrites working for the Mubarak regime. Now you’re hypocrites working for the military regime. All we ask of you is to broadcast the picture as it is, rather than airing romantic views of the Nile while people are dying.”

The website was shut down shortly after the message appeared on its home page.

Security forces on Saturday morning attacked dozens of protesters who had joined a sit-in following Friday's mass demonstration in the square. Following news of the clashes, additional protesters had rushed to the square in the tens of thousands.

The Tahrir Square sit-in continued into its second day on Sunday, with at least one protester confirmed killed by the health ministry – along with another reported death in Alexandria – and injuries estimated at 700 at least.

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