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Al Faraeen Channel shut down mid-broadcast

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Al Faraeen Channel was shut down Thursday night, Ministry of interior denied rumours about arrest of owner Tawfiq Okasha

Controversial TV presenter and owner of the Al-Faraeen TV channel Tawfik Okasha visited Port Said on Friday in a show of support to families of those who died in recent clashes. (Photo by Mohamed Omar)

Controversial TV presenter and owner of the Al-Faraeen TV channel Tawfik Okasha (Photo by Mohamed Omar)

By Mahitab Assran

Al Faraeen channel was abruptly shut down Thursday night in the midst of a live programme hosted by the channel’s owner Tawfiq Okasha.

During the broadcast Okasha called on viewers for help and protection against the Muslim Brotherhood. “Save me from the terrorists” he said, just minutes before the channel was shut down.

While on air, Okasha also listed names of television presenters and journalists whom, he claimed, the police forces plan to arrest.

According to the Al Faraeen channel’s official twitter account, Okasha has been arrested and cannot be found. Police forces, however, have denied arresting him.

No one at the channel responded to requests for comment.


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