Egyptian state TV has turned down a request to air advertisements for the opposition Wafd party, the party said on Monday. The ads are part of the preparations to November elections. "We were informed the day before yesterday that Egyptian television has refused to air our advertising although it is paid for," Wafd spokesman Mohamed Sherdy told Reuters.
He said print shops working for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) had been asked not to print Wafd campaign literature. "Print shops are scared now to print anything for us," he said. "Why should I go to a print shop and he says 'I'll print for you but please come at three in the morning like a thief'? What's this? What type of life are we living here?"
Sherdy conveyed privately-owned television channel Mehwar had at first refused to air Wafd's advertising campaign but broadcast it on Sunday.