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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood may launch TV and print arm

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Cairo, 22 Feb. (AKI) - Egypt's Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement is mulling the idea of setting up a satellite television station and several newspapers and magazines, one of its senior leaders, Essam al-Arian, told Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

“Freedom of access to information is key to keeping up with the evolution of international media,” said al-Arian, spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and a member of its executive bureau.

"Egyptians are fed up with biased media, " he added.

The Muslim Brotherhood will soon start publishing a monthly magazine called 'Al-Daawa', a daily and also a weekly, he added.

“We're expecting amendments to Egypt's press laws that will facilitate the publication of new newspapers," the Brotherhood's media committee chief Assem Shalabi told Al-Masry al-Youm.

"This is why we are seeking to issue different publications," he said.

Badr Mohamed Badr, managing editor of "Afaq al-Arabiya” weekly newspaper which was shut down by ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak - said attempts were being made to re-start the newspaper and to launch an electronic version as well.

Egypt is currently being governed by a military council until multi-party elections due to be held in September. Mubarak stepped down on 11 February after 18 days of mass protests against his autocratic rule. He had been in power since 1981.

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