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Egypt sentences TV host to 10 years hard labor

Egyptian television host Moataz Matar has been sentenced in absentia to 10 years hard labor

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Egyptian television host Moataz Matar has been sentenced in absentia to 10 years hard labor on Wednesday by the Dokki Misdemeanor Court in North Giza.

According to the Egypt Independent, Matar, an Egyptian anchor at Turkey-based Al-Sharq channel, was charged with inciting to overthrow the government and state institutions in Egypt.

A lawsuit was filed against him for inciting murder, spreading false news, disturbing public security and social peace, as well as provoking sectarian strife and inciting to attack the police and the army.

Matar worked with the Muslim Brotherhood-owned satellite channel Misr 25 – which was also under the rule of President Mohamed Morsi, according to the Egypt Independent.

Egypt outlawed all activities by the Muslim Brotherhood in December 2013. And in February, the Egyptian foreign ministry called on European countries to cease Muslim Brotherhood-linked channels.