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