July 25, 2008

Al-Alam Says Cairo Ban Only Speculation

Al-Alam, Iran's international news TV channel, says it has received no official word that it faces a ban in Egypt.

Security forces in Cairo ransacked the Al-Alam office earlier this week and confiscated equipment, including cameras, computers and two videotapes. They claimed the network lacked a license for operation.

We are still in talks with Egyptian media and security officials to return to the normal activity of the network, Hassan Abedini, the Al-Alam newsroom chief in Cairo, told Fars News Agency.

The network brushed aside speculation that the raid was fallout from a Iranian documentary titled Assassination of a Pharaoh.

The film claims Egyptian president Anwar Sadat was killed for signing the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to a 1979 Israeli peace treaty.