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CAIRO – 20 April 2017: Cairo Court fined the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera network EGP10,000 a compensation to an Egyptian woman who accused the network of interviewing her under claims it was an Egyptian channel, Wednesday.
Salonaz Atef was interviewed regarding living conditions in Egypt, assuming she was talking to the Egyptian Television. She was later surprised to find her words cut out to reflect Al-Jazeera’s opinion on Egypt’s internal affairs, local media outlets reported quoting Atef’s lawyer Samir Sabry.
The interview dates back to January 2014 and the case was filed the following April, demanding a compensation of EGP3 million for physical and moral damages.
Egypt has been condemning Al-Jazeera network for being a mouthpiece of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group and adopting unbalanced and non-representative media coverage in favor of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his government, as well spreading false news.
In September 2013, a Cairo Court ordered Al-Jazeera to stop broadcasting in Egypt due to its biasness that incited violence. Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian channel Mubasher Misr (Live Egypt) was suspended in December 2014, for lacking the necessary permits.