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BBC Criticized for Hosting Blacklisted Egyptian Man

BBC Criticized for Hosting Blacklisted Egyptian Man

Saturday, 23 March, 2019 - 08:30
Cairo - Waleed Abdul Rahman
Egyptian institutions lashed out Friday at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for hosting an Egyptian national, considered by Cairo as a terrorist, to speak about local issues.

The channel has made a huge mistake, said Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation.

According to Egypt, the BBC guest is Muslim Brotherhood member Yasser al-Omda, who was added last year by the Cairo Criminal Court to the list of terrorist figures.

Omda, who is a regular guest at Brotherhood-affiliated TV channels broadcasting from Turkey, left Cairo in 2013.

Egypt declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization that same year.

A similar crisis erupted between the BBC and Egyptian institutions in February 2018 after the channel said it spoke with an Egyptian woman about the alleged forced disappearance of her daughter, who later appeared on TV denying her arrest.

On Friday, many Egyptians posted comments on BBC’s social media pages, criticizing the channel for its interest in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Head of the complaints department at Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation Jamal Shawki confirmed receiving a complaint against the channel for insulting Egyptians.

“After closely inspecting the content of the BBC episode, the department found that it included direct insults against the Egyptian people, and is considered a historic mistake.”

Asharq Al-Awsat tried to contact BBC executives in Cairo, but could not reach them.

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