Egypt freezes new satellite TV station licences
September 9th, 2011 - 12:35 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
Egypt’s military rulers have frozen new licences for private satellite TV stations and are taking steps against broadcasters they say are inciting violence, restrictions activists say harken to the crackdown on freedom of expression under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
Following the uprising, new private papers and satellite stations have mushroomed, many of which were founded by government critics and protest supporters. Many old regime figures also started in new TV stations, as have Islamist groups, which were tightly regulated by the Mubarak regime. Human rights lawyer Gamal Eid said at least eight new satellite stations have already been registered and 11 were awaiting licensing.