CAIRO: The internet hacker group called the Electronic Army claimed responsibility for disrupting the broadcast of Bassem Youssef’s television satire program El Bernameg on MBC Masr for the second time in a statement released on its Facebook page Friday.
The admin of the group said that they “are big fans of Bassem Youssef’s TV show,” but they “just wanted him to stop using sexual innuendos,” adding that “it’s their own way to be sarcastic.”
The broadcast was not stopped entirely, since, according to the group, to block a broadcast would require “more developed equipment, owned only by sovereign authorities,” but that they “overloaded the broadcast server to disrupt the episode.”
An official source at the Egyptian Nilesat company, which operates the Egyptian satellites and their associated ground control station, confirmed that the program was hacked, saying, “An intended disruption occurred at the beginning of the sixth episode of Bassem Youssef’s TV show, which is broadcasted through Nilesat satellites,” reported Youm7.
The source said that Nilesat provided an alternative broadcasting frequency for MBC Masr in coordination with the administration of the channel because the basic frequency was disrupted, added that “company made efforts to solve the problem technically.”
On the other hand, Abdel Moneim El-Alfy, deputy head of the General Authority for Investment, denied an attempt to interrupt the MBC Masr signal, claiming that Nilesat was responsible for the disruption.
Additional reporting by Khaled Ibrahim.