Istanbul-based Pro-MB channel to stop broadcast after Turkish pressure
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CAIRO: Turkey’s Istanbul-based pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) channel, Misr Alaan, will stop broadcasting Monday after Turkish government put pressure on the owners, MB sources said Saturday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to security reasons, the sources told Youm7 that the channel’s talk show stopped since Friday.

Co-founder of pro-Muslim Brotherhood news network Rasad Amr Farrag tweeted Friday “farewell Misr Alaan.” He blamed those who on its operation the responsibility for the closure as they incite violence in their talk shows.

Samy Kamaleldeen, one of the channel anchormen, posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts Friday that the channel will stop broadcasting.

“I tell those who incite violence on the channel and call for murdering Christians and the military personnel […] that tomorrow the broadcast of Masr Alaan will stop,” he posted.

Fleeing the Egyptian government’s crackdown, Brotherhood members and supporters travelled to Turkey, Qatar, London, and other European countries.  Several media outlets, pro-Brotherhood, have been established since 2013 in Turkey; the channels’ policies were inciting violence against military and security personnel.

In February, Egypt has submitted to the Turkish government an official protest against hosting channels that “incite violence” against security forces and state institutions.

Egyptian anchor at Turkey-based Al-Sharq channel Moataz Matar, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV presenter, was sentenced July 8 to 10 years in prison in absentia over “attempting to topple the regime and inciting violence against state institution.”

Following the dispersal of Pro-Muslim brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa and Nahda Squares Aug. 13, 2013, hundreds of MB members and supporters have been detained over charges of inciting violence, committing murders, sabotaging public utilities, and belonging to a banned group that was designated by the former interim government a “terrorist group” in December 2013.

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