Egypt show host acquitted of Mursi murder incitement

Egyptian court on Tuesday acquitted a television show presenter on charges of trying to incite President Mohammed Mursi’s murder, a judicial official said.

Tawfiq Okasha, who hosted a show on his Faraeen television station, was put on trial after several people complained to the court that he called on Egyptians to overthrow Mursi and kill him.

Okasha’s small television station has since been taken off air.

Several journalists and Bassem Yousef, the host of a popular satirical television show, face trials on charges of insulting the Islamist president.

Mursi’s critics accuse him of trying to stamp out criticism in an often hostile media as the country faces a dire economy and a secular-leaning opposition prepares for parliamentary elections in two months.

In a statement on Sunday, senior Mursi aide Essam El-Haddad said most complaints against journalists were brought by citizens, and the presidency only sues media over fabricated news reports. SHOW MORE

Last Update: Tuesday, 08 January 2013 KSA 21:04 - GMT 18:04