CAIRO: Egypt has revoked licenses 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 Anas El-Fiqqi 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 licenses — a move the activists say will stifle efforts to mobilize voters for the November elections.