Egypt fundamentalists to launch Islamic satellite

Government closed religious channels

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After the recent closure of several religious channels by the authorities, Egypt Islamists announced a plan to launch an Islamic satellite to guarantee broadcasting freedom and avoid similar clampdowns.

The decision by Egypt’s main satellite operator NileSat to shut down 12 private channels, mostly religious, on grounds of violating broadcasting licenses triggered expansive protests on the part of fundamentalist groups and shed the light on the possibility of allocating a satellite for those channels, the London-based Asharq Alawsat reported Saturday.