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Egypt court cancels censorship on satellite channels

Saturday, March 23, 2013 3:09 PM 
Maspero building in Cairo (Egyptian Radio and Television Union headquarters)

Egypt's Administrative Court issued an order on Saturday to withdraw the censorship on satellite channels by the Media Ministry, the Television and Radio Union and the “NileSat” Egyptian Satellite Company.

The court explained in its detailed verdict that censorship is not within the jurisdiction of the Media Minister or others, pointing that this jurisdiction belongs only to the General Authority for Investment.

It added, “The censorship should take the form of self-censorship, it should be carried out by professional media persons, so that it is objective.”

The “NileSat” Company had halted the broadcast of some satellite television channels according to reports from the Media Ministry saying its content should be censord, yet the Administrative Court suspended the decision on basis of the lack of jurisdiction.

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