Islamist Al-Hafez channel forever off air

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Sep 2013

An Egyptian court orders the permanent closure of the controversial, and fiercely anti-liberal, Al-Hafez TV channel

A Cairo administrative court ordered on Monday the permanent  closure of the Islamist Al-Hafez TV Channel, taken off air following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
The lawsuit against the station was brought by Egyptian actor Hany Ramzy after fiery sheikh Abdallah Badr insulted him in a programme aired on the channel.
Infamous for its derogatory language, the Islamist-run channel has stirred up fierce ire among liberals over its inflammatory rhetoric against Christians and non-Islamist figures, whether in the opposition or general public.

Badr was sentenced in June to five years in prison and a LE20,000 fine for insulting and broadcasting fabricated semi-nude photos of Egyptian actress Elham Shahin on his television programme.

In the immediate aftermath of the popularly-backed overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian authorities shut down three Islamist-run TV stations, including one operated by the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi himself hailed.
The Brotherhood's Egypt25 Channel was forced off air and its managers arrested shortly after Army Chief General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced a roadmap for Egypt's post-Morsi political transition that included a "media code of ethics". 

One of the channel's reporters, Mohamed Rabie, was arrested early on Monday, Ahram reported.

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