Okasha channel shut down for a year for ‘violating national security’
Tawfik Okasha speaks on Farraen channel - Archive

CAIRO: Faraeen channel, owned by expelled Member of Parliament Tawfik Okasha, has been shut down for a year, per a decision by the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI,) Youm7 reported Sunday.

Head of GAFI Alaa Omar upheld the decision taken by head of the Free Zones department Hossam Hadad after Okasha “violated the professional and journalistic code of honor.”

The Virginia Media Company, which operates the Faraeen channel, was banned for one year after broadcast a number of episodes where Okasha is accused of violating regulations relating to preserving national security in his show.

The restrictions on the channels began in January after Okasha made controversial statements at ON TV channels, another private-owned outlet. He claimed that Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar had personally targeted him and that the Egyptian media collaborated with security bodies before the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

He also claimed that Homeland Security acts as a “public relations” officer for Egypt’s parliamentarians.

Okasha’s parliamentary status was revoked per a majority of votes at the House of Representatives after he met with Israeli ambassador Haim Koren.

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