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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Lebanese ONTV host deported after resigning; Al Armooty also out

Liliane Daoud, a Lebanese host at Egyptian television network ONTV, was deported to Beirut on Monday after being detained at her home by immigration officials,Mada Masr reported early Tuesday morning, citing her lawyer Zyad Elelaimy. The news came hours after Daoud, whose show Al Soura Al Kamla had given voice to opposition political factions, announced on Twitter she was leaving her post with ONTV. Both her Facebook and Twitter accounts have been taken down. “[The officials] prevented her from making any calls and confiscated her mobile phone,” Elelaimy added. ONTV host Gaber Al Armooty along with his producer Mohamed El-Garhy also they’d be leaving the channel on Sunday, weeks after it was acquired by steel mogul Ahmed Abu Hashima’s Egyptian Media Company, according to Ahram Online. As part of the shakeup at the channel, the board was considering firing Al Armooty and Daoud, we reported in May.

ONTV later said Daoud departed on amicable terms, Al Borsa reports. The network also clarified Al Armooty would be leaving due to contractual issues, with politics bearing no influence on the decision. Youssef Alhosseiny will also be returning to host El Sada El Mohtaramoon following the Eid break.

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