Court Orders Closure of Al-Jazeera Egypt and Brotherhood TV Channels

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File photo: A picture of several Al-Jazeera employees in Cairo. AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed
File photo: Al-Jazeera employees in their Cairo office. AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed

CAIRO, September 3, 2013 (AFP) – A Cairo court Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order.

The closure comes a day after Islamist broadcaster Al-Hafez was ordered shut following accusations that it was “inciting hatred” against Coptic Christians and “undermining national unity”.

Ahrar 25 was among several other Islamist networks that went off air soon after the July 3 ouster by the military of president Mohamed Morsi.

Tuesday’s order against Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr comes two days after Egyptian authorities expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for the Doha-based network’s English-language channel.

Egypt’s authorities have accused Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr of bias in its reporting of the coup that ousted Morsi.

The channel has previously complained that the security forces raided its Cairo offices and seized equipment.

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