The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood launched a new television station on December 20, 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey. The new station, Rabaa TV, will broadcast news about the Muslim world in Arabic and claims it will be a “platform for freedom.”
To kick off the network, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue and outspoken supporter of terrorist groups, made an appearance on the station’s inaugural broadcast. Qaradawi, has been vocally opposed to the military takeover of Egypt in July, calling the incident a “coup that raped the office of the Egyptian president.”
The network’s name, Rabaa, refers to the name of the Cairo mosque where pro-Brotherhood demonstrators were faced with violence by security forces after weeks of protests. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who welcomed the Brotherhood’s ascension to power following the 2011 revolution, has been outspoken in his support for former Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi.
The coming days will tell if the channel will embrace previous anti-Semitic narratives featured in other Muslim Brotherhood media outlets.