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Wafd wrestles Egypt’s TV power broker

Egypt’s monolithic state radio and TV is being challenged in court in an effort to end its long-standing broadcasting monopoly. The opposition Wafd Party is taking the Ministry of Information to court because of its refusal to grant a license for the independent TV station Wafd sought to establish.

What the plaintiffs specifically are questioning is the constitutionality of a 1979 law that gives the Egyptian Radio & Television Union “the sole authority to administer affairs pertaining to radio and TV broadcasting.”

The law also has been used to keep out foreign cablers.

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