The Dokki Misdemeanour Court sentenced Saturday Egyptian TV host Mohamed Nasser to eight years in prison over charges of transmitting false news and inciting violence.
The host, who works for the Turkey-based Al-Sharq TV channel, was sentenced to five years in prison and an EGP 500,000 fine for the transmitting false news and was sentenced to three years and EGP 200,000 for inciting violence, with a bail of total EGP 8,000 to suspend the sentences until appeal.
The lawsuit against Nasser was filed by a lawyer who accused him of endangering public security and social peace, inciting sectarian strife, inciting against police and army institutions and obtaining foreign funds from pro-Muslim Brotherhood intelligence agencies to execute toppling regime plots.
Another Al-Sharq host, Moataz Matar, was sentenced in July by the same court to 10 years in jail over charges of attempting to overthrow the regime and inciting violence against state institutions.
In March, Matar also received a sentence of one year in prison on charges of spreading false news and publicly defaming Judge Khaled Mahgoub, who handled a case of former president Mohamed Morsi known as the ‘Wadi El-Natrun Prison Break’ trial.
The hosts and the TV station are known of their anti-Egyptian government approach to their reporting along with a host of TV channels and media outlets that supports the Brotherhood since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.