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Egypt bans Al-Jazeera affiliate

The move follows the release of SA journalist Adil Bradlow from Egyptian military custody.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi take part in a sit-in protest outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, 12 August 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered news network Al-Jazeera's local affiliate to stop broadcasting, along with three other stations known for their coverage of Muslim Brotherhood protests.

Government officials called the broadcasts a national threat, saying the affiliate has been operating without a permit and spreading rumours.

The station extensively covered Brotherhood protests following the July military coup that toppled the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi after millions took to the streets demanding his removal.

Egyptian officials and media say the station is biased toward the Brotherhood, a charge Al-Jazeera denies.

BRADLOW HOME

South African cameraman Adil Bradlow, who works for Al-Jazeera, touched down on home soil after he and three colleagues were detained by the army while covering events in Cairo last week.

Some reports suggest the group got into trouble for filming without accreditation.

Bradlow was released on Sunday after being held for six days.

He said being detained in Egypt was one of his worst experiences, but added his experience was not unique.

"The conditions were pretty tough. We were caught up in a big sweep. The army is just rounding everyone up left, right and centre."

Bradlow said he and his three colleagues were cut off from the world while in custody there.

"We didn't make any calls; we weren't allowed access to phones. We were in a cell being transported from one place to another."

Speaking to Talk Radio 702's Jenny Crwys-Williams, Bradlow recounted the entire ordeal.

He explained that Egypt is seeing a crackdown on information.

"The military is moving rapidly to take control of the information airwaves; they don't want dissenting stories getting out and they're making it hard for those who do."

He said Al-Jazeera is "not very popular" with the authorities in Egypt.

"There were definite signs of happiness among them once they realised they'd an Al-Jazeera crew."

To listen to the full interview, find 'Adil Bradlow on Egypt detention' at the top of the page.

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