Qatari network Jazeera challenges its ban in court

Saturday 08-11-2014 02:53 PM
Qatari network Jazeera challenges its ban in court

A mob torched Al-Jazeera’s studio in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya


CAIRO, Nov 8 (Aswat Masriya) – Qatari news network al-Jazeera challenged on Saturday a court ruling banning its Egyptian channel, Jazeera Mubasher Misr from broadcast for showing bias in its reporting.

The administrative court ordered on September 3 Egypt's NileSat Satellite to halt the channel's broadcast. A judicial source had told Aswat Masriya that the court's decision regarding the Jazeera ban is "binding".

The Qatari network appealed the decision at the Supreme Administrative Court.

Mamdouh Tamam, the plaintiff, had called for closing down the Jazeera Egyptian Channel, Jazeera Mubasher Misr, for "spreading anti-June 30 revolution news."

In August 2013, the ministers of investment, communications and information said that the Jazeera channel was illegally and unprofessionally operating in Egypt. The ministers added that the Qatari news channel was not authorised to work in Egypt.

Jazeera's Cairo bureau was shut down after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2014. The Qatari channel, whose slogan is providing "the opinion and the other opinion," has long been accused of supporting Egypt's Islamist political factions, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

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