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Confiscated SAT-7 equipment returned

Tuesday 2 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Cairo, Brussels, February 2nd, 2016 (SAT-7/SIGNIS). On 28 January the authorities in Egypt returned all confiscated equipment to the SAT-7 studio in Cairo, more than three months after its seizure by the country’s Censorship Police.

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Farid Samir

On October 10, 2015, officers from Egypt’s Censorship Department came to the SAT-7 studios in Cairo with a search warrant and removed items of equipment. Last week, the equipment was given back to the TV station, all in good condition.

“We are grateful that all the equipment has been returned in good shape, including the un-edited programs on the hard drives,” said SAT-7 Egypt’s Director Farid Samir. “We’re thankful that the local police station stored it all safely.”

The work of the Egypt team has been limited since the raid. No live shows have been running and relatively few programs recorded. However, the ARABIC and KIDS channels have been able to screen live programs from SAT-7’s Lebanon studio and programs produced by our partners as normal.

Mr Farid said he is relieved. “During the last few weeks, our spiritual muscles were stretched. But the support of the worldwide Church kept us encouraged.”

SAT-7 still does not know why the Censorship Department found it necessary to remove all the equipment. However, they are thankful for the support they have received from local churches, their legal team and viewers— and for prayer and financial support from friends of the ministry across the globe.

“We look forward to again seizing the opportunity of serving God, and this is a blessing we do not take for granted,” Mr Farid said. “Through this difficult period, we have experienced the mighty hand of God and the power of the unity of the Body of Christ.”

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