The 'Egyptian Glenn Beck' returns to TV
Michelle Clancy | 30-05-2013
Magic Box TV, which delivers Egyptian and Arabic channels to people living abroad, has announced that Tawfik Okasha, convicted of insulting Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, will return to TV on his own channel.
Dubbed Faraheen, the channel will be broadcast on NileSat and on IN North America on VOD and live TV.
Tawfik Okasha, known as the 'Egyptian Glenn Beck', was convicted last October of insulting Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, and was sentenced to a four-month jail term and fined $16.39. After the Egyptian Government dropped all charges, Okasha announced his return to television.
Farheen TV will air on satellite in the Middle East and on Magic TV Box in the US, Canada and Australia.
Tawfik Okasha remained free during his appeal of the sentence. The conviction was also protested by Amnesty International; the organisation called the sentence "a further blow to freedom of expression". Amnesty also said it would consider Okasha a prisoner of conscience if the imprisonment were to be carried out based on the sentence.