A Christian broadcasting studio in Cairo, Egypt has been raided by Egypt’s Censorship Department and accused of operating violations.
Christian Today reports that SAT-7’s Cairo studios were raided and equipment, including cameras and computers, were confiscated. The studio’s director, Farid Samir, was detained for six hours before being released.
SAT-7 was accused of operating without correct licenses as a satellite TV channel. However, the studio says it had obtained the required licenses and is a program production facility rather than a satellite broadcast center.
"As far as we know, we've done absolutely nothing wrong. We have the appropriate licensures and approvals. This is a misunderstanding, but unfortunately, it could cost us,” said Rex Rogers, President of SAT-7 USA.
Egypt’s public prosecutor will decide in the next few days whether the case will go to court.
SAT-7 is affiliated with the Coptic Evangelical Church in Egypt. After the raid and hearing, Samir asked Christians to "unite with us in prayer so that we can complete our ministry – one based on love and which aims to serve our beloved country.”
Christian Today reports that censorship is a growing concern for minorities in Egypt, even though Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is in favor of tolerance and religious freedom.
Publication date: October 13, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.