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Muslim Brotherhood calls for media boycott in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood calls for media boycott in Egypt
Road blocks at the area of clashes between police forces and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, near the tomb of former President Anwar al-Sadat, in Cairo, Egypt, July 27, 2013. UPI/Ahmed Jomaa | License Photo

CAIRO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Egyptian people are being called on to boycott their media as a statement against the military takeover, the Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday.

The Egyptian military removed Mohamed Morsi from power July 3. He was the first president ever elected through a democratic vote in Egyptian history and was a member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm.

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The Brotherhood published a statement from the Media Professors Against the Coup Front calling for a boycott of the "state-controlled and hostile private print and broadcast media."

The Muslim Brotherhood has expressed frustration with reluctance by Western governments to classify Morsi's July 3 ouster as a military coup. Doing so would trigger legal restrictions on U.S. financial assistance to Egypt.

The statement said Egyptian media is undermining the spirit of the 2011 revolution, which ended the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak and paved the way to elections that brought Morsi to power. The statement said the state-controlled media was no longer working in the interest of the people.

"MPACT, therefore, calls on the masses of the Egyptian people to boycott Egyptian media until media professionals wake up and return to their senses and duty, and commit to the values, ethics and conscience of truly professional media," the statement read.

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