Nilesat to Block Libyan Channels

Egypt says it will block signals from 14 pro-Qaddafi Libyan television channels on Nilesat for broadcasting "false information."

Chana Ya'ar, | updated: 02:16

Egyptian border
Egyptian border
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Egypt says it will block signals from 14 pro-Qaddafi Libyan television channels on Nilesat, its main satellite network, according to the MENA news agency.

The decision, handed down Monday in a Cairo courtroom, was made because Libyan government-linked channels spread “false information about the revolution in Libya against [Muammar Qaddafi's] rule,” said lawyers who filed the petition.

The Egyptian border with Libya has remained open, allowing supplies to reach the rebel forces opposing the dictator. However, Egypt's ruling military council has not officially taken sides in the civil war.

More than 40 million households were subscribed to Nilesat channels in 2009, according to the state-run firm. Nilesat broadcasts to countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including Israel.





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