Egyptian state TV stops airing anti-spying ads

Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Jun 2012

Controversial spying ads cut from Egyptian state TV amid fears of a negative impact on tourism

Egyptian state TV stopped airing controversial anti-spying ads Friday night. The ads have been widely condemned as being xenophobic and painting all foreigners in the country as spies.

Many have voices fears that the ads would negatively affect tourism.

Social networks have been abuzz since the ads first appears, with activists accusing the government of wanting a situation wherein no one trusts anyone.

The ads warned Egypt's youth against friendly looking foreigners who could be spies. It particularly warned against sharing personal information with strangers.

Anti-foreigner sentiment has grown in Egypt since the January 25 Revolution. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces alleged several times that "foreign hands" have incited protests across the country.

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