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Egypt pulls TV ads that label foreigners as potential spies
The AP reports that the Egyptian government has pulled television ads warning Egyptians against talking to "spying" foreigners:
Egypt's government has pulled TV public service announcements that warned against talking to foreigners because they might be spies after critics charged the spots fueled xenophobia and aimed to tarnish those behind last year's uprising.
The two spots ran on state and private television stations for a few days before Minister of Information Ahmed Anis ordered them off the air, a media official said Sunday. One opens with a young man scanning a cafe while a narrator says:
'From the beginning, he knows why he is here and sets up his goal. He won't have to spend much time getting to know the people in the place.'
The foreigner then spots three young Egyptians and heads over to them, saying in broken Arabic: 'I love you so much.' The narrator says: 'Our generosity has no limits,' as one of the Egyptians stands up, shakes hands and invites the foreigner to sit with them.
Here's one of the ads: