Egypt deports prominent Lebanese TV host Lilian Daoud
June 28, Cairo: A reputed journalist who hosted a talk show critical of the Egyptian government was briefly detained and then deported, security officials said.
Lilian Daoud, a dual British-Lebanese citizenship holder, was taken from her home on Monday by passport control officials, briefly after she
announced the cancellation of her show on Twitter.
Airport sources later confirmed that Daoud had been placed on a plane en route to Beirut, where she arrived on Tuesday.
Daoud's show, on the privately owned OnTV network, disappeared from airwaves after the channel was sold by billionaire Egyptian investor
Naguib Sawiris in May, reports said.
Her programme, The Full Picture, on which she hosted protesters and youth leaders as well as government officials, aired critical views of the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.
Her lawyer, Zyad el-Elaimy, wrote on his Twitter account that her first comment after landing in Beirut was that she will challenge the decision to deport her.
Since the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the government of el-Sisi has shown little tolerance for criticism, banning protests and taking programmes off the air.
Daoud formerly worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation, and lived in London before moving to Egypt with her daughter following the outbreak of the 2011 protests, Al Jazeera reports.
The Oslo Times International News Network