A Cairo court on Monday ordered that an Islamist television channel be closed permanently, accusing it of attempting to disrupt the unity of Egypt.
The broadcaster, Al-Hafez, was ordered shut after accusations that it was "inciting hatred" against Coptic Christians and "undermining national unity."
Al-Hafez and some of its presenters have often been accused by Copts and liberals of using harsh language about them in its reports.
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The channel was among several other Islamist networks to be taken temporarily off the air soon after the July 3 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi by the military.
Several human rights organisations in Egypt have said that "holding the inciter accountable is mandatory, but the closure of channels is a form of collective punishment, which constitutes a violation of media freedom."
The court's decision comes a day after Egypt expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for Al-Jazeera television's English-language channel.
Al-Jazeera has charged that there is a campaign against it in Egypt as its offices have also been raided several times.