Egypt Independent

Preacher calls for media purge

Wagdy Ghoneim, a Muslim preacher, called upon President Mohamed Morsy to “purge the media immediately, including the press and TV, state or private, and Internet sites.”

Those who bark day and night cannot be underestimated, he added.

Ghoneim said on his Twitter account that “if the president does not hit the remnants of ousted regime with an iron fist, the media and all those who publish news that harm the security and stability of the nation, he will fall soon.”

The preacher called on Morsy to draft a law with a penalty up to execution for destabilizing the nation with fabricated news. “Fabricators are not less dangerous than bandits, because they steal the minds of the people," he said.

Ghoneim is currently residing in Qatar. In January 2011, the State Security Emergency Court sentenced him in absentia to five years in prison, along with four others, on charges of money laundering and financing an outlawed organization. In April, one of the other defendants was acquitted after appealing the verdict.

The defendants faced charges of money laundering and providing LE4 million in funds to the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization established in violation of the law, to fund their activities from January to June 2009.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm