The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters issues on Wednesday Final verdict in a lawsuit calling for shutting down of BBC’s office in Cairo and revoking its licence to operate in Egypt.
Lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem filed the initial lawsuit، coming after a BBC report entitled ‘The shadow over Egypt’، which addresses the country’s human rights conditions and alleged torture.
The lawsuit memorandum claimed that the BBC regularly broadcasts ‘false and fabricated news’، in an effort to destabilize Egypt and deliberately distort Egypt’s image especially in the field of human rights.
In response to the report، Egypt’s official State Information Service (SIS) said that report contains “lies and allegations.” On March 7، the SIS handed the BBC’s Cairo bureau chief a ‘protest note’ over the report، which was written by BBC journalist Orla Guerin.
”The author of the report، Orla Guerin aimed to impose her biased personal views and impressions through the report، she committed violations to internationally recognized professional norms، and those of the BBC itself،” the SIS statement read.