Muslim Brotherhood to launch Rabaa TV

Rebecca Hawkes | 10-12-2013

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is reportedly preparing to launch a new satellite television channel called Rabaa from the Turkish capital, Istanbul.

The new channel is said to be set to launch on 13 December via Nilesat, with "The Pulse of Freedom" as its slogan.

According to the Facebook account of Ehab Shiha, a coordinator for the pro-Mursi Alliance for Legitimacy coalition, Rabaa TV will be "a platform for the free and a symbol of honour and justice in the Arab and Muslim world."

The activities of the Muslim Brotherhood have been curtailed in Egypt, after its leader and former president Mohammad Mursi was deposed on 3 July 2013.

Rabaa TV is named after Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, where a pro-Mursi sit-in was forcibly cleared by armed forces on 14 August 2013, leading to hundreds of deaths.

In September 2013, Egyptian authorities shut down the Ahrar 25 satellite TV channel which was backed by the Brotherhood, along with two other Islamist channels, Al-Quds and Al-Yarmuk.