Egypt moves closer to Al-Jazeera TV affiliate ban

Egypt's MENA agency said ministers see the station as harmful to Egyptian national security.

Written by Associated Press | Cairo | Published: August 29, 2013 7:31 pm

Egypt’s official news agency says the interim government has deemed Al-Jazeera’s local affiliate a national threat,moving closer to banning its broadcasts.

The MENA news agency says three government ministers met Thursday and issued a statement saying that Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr is operating ”illegally” and using satellite transmitters without license.

The agency says the ministers allege that the station is resented for spreading ”rumors and claims which are harmful to Egyptian national security and threaten the country’s unity.”

Amid Egypt’s current political turmoil after July 3 coup that toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi,the channel aired statements by fugitive Islamist leaders. The Qatar-based network also broadcast hours of protests by supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood live across its channels.

The channel remained on the air Thursday afternoon.

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