Calls for broadcaster to step down after tweets of sympathy to activists
Lebanese television broadcaster Liliane Daoud
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CAIRO: Lebanese television broadcaster Liliane Daoud ignited a wave of calls for her resignation on social media after she tweeted what some saw as support for imprisoned activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who was sentenced to 5 years in prison Feb. 23, and ordered to pay a 100,000 EGP ($13,100) fine.

“Don’t let anything frustrate you; you’ve seen a lot and stood still. Your will is your weapon, hold on to it. Your tormentor can’t do anything but to try to steal it from you,” she wrote following the announcement of the verdict.

Some of her viewers interpreted her comment on verdict as “interference” in state policies, and demanded that she leave the country, and started a hashtag on twitter that translates to “Lillian has to go.”

Several media and politics figures announced solidarity with Daoud; Hamdeen Sabbahi’s daughter Salma wrote on her Twitter account that Daoud was “more Egyptian” than any of her detractors.

Filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah also wrote on his twitter account Feb. 25, ‘ Lillian is doing her work with professionalism, hard to say the same about her criticizers.”

Daoud told Al-Masry Al-Youm that her tweet did not insult anyone or facility and that the channel (ONtv) didn’t take any procedure against her because she never breached any of their rule rules.

The Bread and Freedom Party issued a statement Wednesday announcing its full solidarity with Daoud, assuring that Egypt should have more than just ‘one opinion’ to hear inside society.

On Feb. 23, a Cairo court ruled to sentence renowned activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah to five years in prison and a 100,000 EGP fine ($13,100) over charges of illegal protest outside the headquarters of the Shura Council in Nov. 2013.

His 24 co-defendants were sentenced to terms between three and five years in prison.
During the past period, several campaigns took place against the opponents opinions; Similar wave of criticism hit prominent actor Kaled Abu Al-Naga November 2014 after a video of him went viral on social media criticizing president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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