Egypt urges EU to ban Brotherhood-affiliated TV channels
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil
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CAIRO: The Foreign Ministry called on European countries to monitor “extremist websites” and ban all EU-based Muslim Brotherhood channels that “propagate murder and violence,” Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Ambassador Hatem Seif El-Nasr, Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs, held a meeting Tuesday with ambassadors of European countries to Cairo and asked them to speak to their governments “to stop dealing with illegitimate groups affiliated to the terrorist organization and ban airing channels broadcasting incendiary material through European satellites and cut funding for these extremist groups.”

Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization Dec. 25, 2013.

“The meeting with ambassadors of European countries sharing a common goal with Egypt is a part of Egypt’s diplomatic strategy to inform the international society with the real situation in Egypt and the terrorist attacks aiming to destabilize the country,” Seif El-Nasr was quoted by Youm7.

The meeting started with a minute of silence to mourn the victims killed in the Sinai attack Thursday.

During the meeting, Seif el-Nasr said that the recent terrorist attacks carried out in France confirm the fact that terrorism is a “global scourge” that requires international military cooperation to eradicate it. He added that these channels “incite terror acts and killing and destroy the state’s legal institutions.”

No further details were disclosed on the names of the channels broadcasting via European satellites. However, some of them are also accessible through Egypt’s Nilesat.

Following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the army in 2013, Egypt has shut several Islamist television channels under the pretext of “inciting hatred.”

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