Egypt: News channels shut, Brotherhood cornered

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Cairo, July 4: The Egyptian army on Thursday arrested Muslim Brotherhood party leaders and issued arrest warrants for 300 members following the ouster of the Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi. Besides, several Egyptian channels including that of the Brotherhood were also shut, said Al Jazeera.

The channel's Egyptian TV station has also been reportedly raided by army personnel and at least five of its staff members have been detained. Four of them were reportedly released later. The channel was stopped from broadcasting from a pro-Morsi rally in northern Cairo. It crew was also detained.

The channel, Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, started broadcasting after the 2011 revolution that saw the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak and has been accused of sympathising with Morsi's supporters.

Egypt25, owned by the Muslim Brotherhood, was also shut and its managers were arrested shortly after the country's army announced a political transition in the country by ousting Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president.

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