TV satellite channel cuts broadcast after clash between broadcaster, businessman
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CAIRO: Al-Kahera w Al-Nas TV channel announced Monday it will stop broadcasting The Black Box program presented by Egyptian journalist Abdel Rahim Ali.

A state of controversy spread on websites and social media Sunday night after the channel’s administration cut off the The Black Box program while streaming. A previous tweet by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris read “another episode of that informant’s program –referring to Abdel Rahim Ali- and I’ll feel compassion for the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Ali reacted to the tweet in yesterday’s episode by attacking Sawiris and leaking an alleged phone call between him and Mohamed Al-Baradei, in which both figures claimed that now-president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the military council are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The channel issued a statement assuring that it respects freedom expression, and that the channel’s policy since it launched allows for freedom in all shapes presented by its workers with no restrictions, unless it threatens national security.

The statement also said that The Black Box program, since its start, presented information to the audience that had never gotten the chance to be highlighted in the media before. The statement also read that although Ali represents these important and controversial issues,the channel is not an arena for such personal fights between two important figures to take place. “So the channel announces the suspension of the program,” the statement added.

Ali, who is famous for leaking phone calls for many Muslim Brotherhood and public figures through his news website el-Bawaba News and his TV program, commented yesterday that once his program’s streaming was cut off “many businessmen called him to launch a new channel called “The Black Box”, el-Bawaba new reported.

After the alleged leaked phone call, Sawiris tweeted “if I was badmouthed by a sneaky person, that just proves how complete I am.”

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