Egyptian Court stops the transmission of two Egyptian TV channels owned by the grandson of late Egyptian president

Melody Channel

By Iqbal Tamimi

An Egyptian Court has issued a decision stopping the
transmission of two Egyptian TV channels, owned by Jamal Ashraf Marwan, the grandson of the late Egyptian
president Gamal Abdel Nasser, over charges of failing to observe modesty.

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An Egyptian court has issued a decision
to stop the broadcasting of «Melody» and «Melody Trix» television channels for
a period of one week, and to extend the ban as long as adverts of ‘Wadeea’ are
aired. The court banned the actors who performed the adverts from appearing on
any other shows on both channels as well.

According to Egyptian press reports, Chancellor Mohamed Hassan, Vice-President
of the Council of State and Chairman of the Technical Bureau of the administrative
courts said that the court will publish
its reasons for this ruling.

Lawyer Dr. Ibrahim Salamouny, has filed the lawsuit before the state
council, by which he demanded a court ruling that compels the Minister of
Information and Investments, and the Chairman of the Egyptian Company for
satellites, Nile Sat, to halt the transmission of Melody Satellite Channels,
owned by Jamal Ashraf Marwan, the grandson
of the late Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, over claims of airing ‘very
absurd and vulgar adverts, frequently using obscene language and sexually
suggestive material, thus violating the customs, public order and public morals
and bypassing claimed art and creativity without any shame or regard for the audience
or moral values’.

The lawsuit says ‘For those reasons, a judicial decision was needed to
stop broadcasting this absurdity, and legal action was needed to  be taken against the satellite channel in
order to preserve and protect  Egyptian
values ​​and traditions and to stop the frequent use of obscenity through

The lawyer warned ‘failing to take any legal action against the channel
threatens social peace and public liberties’.

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