Egyptian officials raid Iranian TV station’s offices ahead of elections
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Egyptian officials raid Iranian TV station’s offices ahead of elections

Office director of Al-Alam TV says station has repeatedly applied unsuccessfully for permits

Illustrative photo of Egyptian security forces stationed in Cairo. (photo credit: Nasser Nasser/AP)
Illustrative photo of Egyptian security forces stationed in Cairo. (photo credit: Nasser Nasser/AP)

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials have raided the offices of an Iranian TV station and confiscated its equipment for allegedly operating without permits.

Ahmed el-Sioufi, office director of Al-Alam TV, said Sunday the station has repeatedly applied for permits since it first began its operations in Cairo nearly nine years ago. He said Egyptian authorities always denied the request but allowed the station to operate.

It is a common practice by used by Egyptian security forces to crackdown on media outfits.

In September, security forces raided the offices of Al-Jazeera Live Egypt for similar reasons. The station has since resumed broadcasting without a license.

El-Sioufi said his son and another staffer have been detained. He said he fears the crackdown aims to restrict media ahead of Egypt’s presidential elections this month.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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