Al Jazeera to appeal ban on broadcasts in Egypt
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By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, the Egyptian branch of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera networks, is reported to be appealing a judicial decision ordered against it following the events of June 30, 2013 to end its broadcasting in Egypt on charges it lacked neutrality and was pro-Muslim Brotherhood, according to Al-Ahram.

In September 2014, lawyer Mamdouh Tamam issued a lawsuit against the channel demanding it stop its broadcasting.

He said in a statement to the court the channel was broadcasting “lies” after the “revolution” of June 30.

According to Al-Dostor, this appeal is the second one following June 30, 2013, as the Administrative Judicial Court of the State Council banned the channel later in September from broadcasting in Egypt.

Al Jazeera has been heavily critiqued by regime officials for an editorial policy they say supports the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Its staff is usually not welcomed at government press conferences.

Additionally, 20 Al Jazeera English channel employees were sentenced last June by the Cairo Criminal Court with sentences of up to 10 years in prison over charges of inciting violence, committing “terrorism” and publishing false news.

The sentences have been highly criticized by international news outlets and human rights groups.

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