Egypt Bans Two Media Executives From Travel Amid Investigation

Egypt’s prosecutor-general has banned the head of a satellite channel and the editor-in-chief of an independent newspaper from travel amid allegations of incitement to kill the president and fueling sectarian strife, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

The decisions are the latest targeting Tawfiq Okasha, the head of the Al-Faraeen channel and Islam Afifi, the editor-in- chief of Al-Dostour, MENA said today. Okasha was under investigation by state security prosecutors for allegedly seeking to incite violence against President Mohamed Mursi. Okasha said Aug. 9 that the move to suspend his channel and the investigation was an “expected decision given the battle” between him and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Complaints filed against Al-Dostour, which has been sharply critical of the Brotherhood, include insulting the president and inciting sectarian strife. The claims are linked to recent Muslim-Christian clashes in the village of Dahshour, near Giza. The newspaper’s issues were confiscated yesterday following a court ruling, Ahram Online reported.

The Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, have repeatedly complained about what they say is bias in the media aimed at undercutting Mursi. The president was nominated for the office by the Brotherhood.

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