TV presenter Khaled Abdallah was banned from appearing on TV for 25 days by an administrative court on Saturday, reported the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU).
Also banned was the broadcast of Abdallah’s show, Masr El-Gadeeda, on Al-Nas channel. Abdallah cannot even phone in to any programme broadcast on the channel.
Abdallah was accused by Omar Afifi’s lawyer, Mohamed Salem, of insulting Afifi during his show on 10 September, 2012. Afifi is a former police officer currently residing in the United States.
Human rights lawyer, Amr Emam, also filed a lawsuit against Abdallah in September. Emam accused Abdallah of instigating the US embassy attack, resulting in the death of two Egyptians. Abdallah aired part of an offensive film during his show, sparking the protests.
Dr. Samir Sabry, a cassation lawyer, filed a complaint against Al-Nas Channel in September for controversial remarks about Copts made by radical preacher, Wagdy Ghoneim, in a telephone interview during Abdallah’s show.
Abdallah is a TV sheikh with a large fan base as well as much opposition.
Al-Nas is a religious channel, whose motto is “a channel that will take you to heaven.”
Additional reporting by Hend Kortam