An administrative court ruled on Saturday that the independent “Dream” channels can temporarily transmit live broadcasts from the Dream land resort.
Dream TV’s transmission from its studios in Dream land was cut off over a week ago, following a decision from the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU).
In a court case filed by lawyer and constitutional expert Gaber Nassar on behalf of Dream TV, the head of the administrative court, investment district, Hassouna Tawfiq, ruled on the channel’s transmission resumption, reported state-owned Al-Ahram. The transmission shall resume until a final verdict regarding the case is released.
The channels released a disclaimer right away, announcing that their live broadcasting shall resume from their studios starting on Saturday, at 5 pm.
“We thank the fair judiciary which protects freedoms for issuing this decision,” the disclaimer read.
Dream channels filed a law suit demanding the cancellation of the ERTU’s decision to cut-off the channels’ transmission from Dream Land. State-owned news agency MENA cited sources within Nile Sat reporting that the only legal transmission site is the state-owned Media Production city. Former Minister of Communication Mamdouh Al-Beltagy reportedly gave Dream permission to transmit from another location.
“The decision is not legal but political,” TV anchor Wael Al-Ibrashy said live on Dream TV before the transmission was cut-off, “the channel is being punished for a political stance.”
Dream owner Ahmed Bahgat will hold a press conference on Saturday.
TV anchor on Dream, Gehan Mansour, was referred to misdemeanor court for insulting leading Freedom and Justice party figure Essam El-Erian.
El-Erian filed a complaint against Mansour, accusing her of insulting him by calling him a “fascist politician” during a phone call broadcast on her TV show.
Dream channels have been broadcasting live since 2001.