The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has taken steps to ban European TV channels affiliated with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The move comes after the Egyptian government banned all Brotherhood-affiliated TV channels based in Cairo following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty told Daily News Egypt: “The ministry is undertaking many phone calls with several European embassies in attempt to ban such inciting channels from airing in Egypt.”
No further details were disclosed on the names of those channels facing a possible ban. In an official statement, the ministry claims they are explicitly inciting “terror acts and killing” and destroying the state’s legal institutions, and using European satellites.
The Foreign Ministry also said that the European countries where those channels are based share a common goal with Egypt, which is countering terrorism.
“It’s the fact that motivated the ministry to start calling them to ban the airing of the channels,” the statement added.
In September 2013, the Court of Urgent Matters issued a verdict against the Brotherhood group banning it from all activities. The court also confiscated all the group’s belongings as well as banning all activities for all other entities affiliated to the group. The verdict followed the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in July 2013.
Numerous Islamist TV channels were banned from airing via Egypt’s NileSat and were ordered to shut down their Cairo offices, including Ahrar25, Al-Nas, and Al-Hafez.