Egypt to Launch a New Satellite News Channel

Egypt’s state-owned broadcaster ERTU plans to launch another news channel by early 2010 in an attempt to compete with such international rivals as Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, but critics say Egypt needs more media freedom not another government mouthpiece

Abdel Latif al Manawi, the head of TV News Center and responsible for the broadcaster’s news content says the decision to launch the channel, which has not yet been given a name, was made by the information minister last August before Israel’s attacks on Gaza. He adds that Egypt needed a station that would reflect its stature in the region