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YEAREND SPECIAL: Crackdown on the media takes new dimension in 2010

By Safaa Abdoun This year is marked by a fierce crackdown on media which activists have deemed a loss of freedom of expression. Most of these crackdowns took place during the two months leading up to the parliamentary elections in November. Interestingly, 2010 started out with an unexpected turn of events for Orbit Satellite Television and …


Suspending religious channels: A crackdown on freedom of expression or religious extremism?

By Raghda El-Halawany CAIRO: Experts are divided on the recent suspension of privately-owned religious satellite channels, with some calling it a strategy aimed at curbing media freedom, and others applauding it as a step to a more stable society. Last month, Egypt’s state-owned NileSat temporarily suspended many satellite channels for violating broadcasting licenses by inciting religious …


Egypt cancels licenses for TV satellite uplinks

By AP CAIRO: Egypt has revoked licenses for satellite television uplinks, the latest in an intensified crackdown on the media ahead of the country’s crucial parliamentary elections later this month. The state-owned MENA news agency says Information Minister Anas El-Fiqqi on Monday ordered all companies providing the service or television networks with uplinks to reapply …


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