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Updated: November 1, 2010 19:31 IST

Egypt cancels licences for TV satellite uplinks

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An activist of a Pakistani religious parties alliance shouts anti-government slogans during a protest rally to condemn the crackdown against the media, on June 6, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The then Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the immediate withdrawal of a complaint initiated against about 200 journalists after they defied a ban on rallies to protest curbs on the media, the government said. File photo: AP.
An activist of a Pakistani religious parties alliance shouts anti-government slogans during a protest rally to condemn the crackdown against the media, on June 6, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The then Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the immediate withdrawal of a complaint initiated against about 200 journalists after they defied a ban on rallies to protest curbs on the media, the government said. File photo: AP.

Egypt has revoked licences for satellite television uplinks, the latest in an intensified crackdown on the media ahead of the country’s crucial parliamentary elections later this month.

The state—owned MENA news agency says Information Minister Annas el—Fiqi on Monday ordered all companies providing the service or television networks with uplinks to reapply for permits.

The measure will affect about a dozen uplink providers and TV stations. The providers have complained it is aimed at controlling live TV broadcasts such as political talk—shows.

Last month Egypt shut down several private TV channels for violating broadcasting licences, a move the activists say will stifle efforts to mobilize voters for the November elections.

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