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Egypt court bans Al Jazeera

Posted on Sep 03 2014 | IANS

Cairo, Sep 3 : An Egyptian court Wednesday ordered a ban on Al Jazeera for promoting "hatred" among Egyptians and "undermining national unity", a state-run daily reported.

The administrative court also ordered the withdrawal of licenses issued to the channel on the Egyptian Nilesat communication satellites, Xinhua reported citing Ahram newspaper.

This is the third time the court has ordered "Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr" to go off the air.

The court found that the channel had incited "hatred and sedition" against Coptic Christians and undermined national unity, presiding judge Hasouna Tawfiq said.

Several other liberal and Islamist networks, including Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, went temporarily off the air soon after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.

On June 23, three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and producer Baher Mohamed, received from seven to 10 years of prison terms for allegedly aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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