Al-Jazeera to be taken off-air in Egypt

  • PTI, Cairo
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2014 23:39 IST

Egypt on Wednesday banned two channels,including Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera for inciting “hatred and sedition” and “undermining national unity” by airing pro-Muslim Brotherhood views.

The State Council, which is a judicial advisory body, banned Al-Jazeera and privately-owned Rabaa channel after a law suit was filed with it.

The suit alleged that the channels were violating the rules set by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information that call on media outlets to maintain public unity and order, state-run Ahram newspaper reported. The State Council found the channels made violations and encouraged crimes against the Egyptians by “inciting hatred and sedition” against Coptic Christians and “undermining national unity”, presiding judge Hasouna Tawfiq said. Al-Jazeera is perceived to be biased towards the Brotherhood by Egypt’s army.

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