Egypt’s chief prosecutor has ordered two Egyptian moderators who work for pro-Muslim brotherhood channels to be placed on airport watch lists, judicial officials said on Saturday.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat’s decision came after a complaint was filed against Moataz Matar, who works for the Al-Sharq Canal, and Mohamed Nasser Ali, who works for the Masr Al-Aan Canal. The order stipulates that the two men would be interrogated should they attempt to leave or enter the country.
The two channels are said to be broadcast from Turkey.
In early February, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry asked European countries to stop broadcasting channels associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the channels will be broadcast on the French Eutelsat.
Channels supporting the Brotherhood on Eutelsat include Mekamileen, Al-Sharq, and Masr Al-Aan, which are also accessible through Nilesat in Egypt.
Egypt banned the Brotherhood in December 2013, shortly after the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, and blamed the group for increasing violence.
The Brotherhood has repeatedly denied any links to militant attacks in Egypt.