Essam El Amir
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Egypt crisis: Morsi government 'pressuring media'

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former head of the Egyptian State Television network has claimed he resigned in protest against the new government's "mis-handling" of demonstrations and at its "interference in state media".

Essam El Amir is one of a number of high profile state television figures to resign in protest over government pressure to broadcast pro-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda. He believes the interference is greater under the new administration than under President Mubarak.

He told the BBC's Jon Leyne that the country was experiencing "unprecedented division" and that he hoped the crisis would not lead to "civil war between Egyptians".

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