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November 19, 2002

Egyptian rights group rebukes TV over 'Protocols' show
In the first domestic criticism of its kind, an Egyptian rights group has rebuked the state television service for broadcasting a series based in part on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an anti-Semitic work known to be a forgery.

The series Horseman without a Horse has been appearing nightly for the past two weeks, provoking condemnation from the US, Israel, and Jewish groups.

Information Minister Safwat el-Sherif has denied the series is anti-Semitic and defended it as a case of free expression. But the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said in a statement that "different forms of expression should not be abused to propagate events that might incite hatred."