There is a controversial proposal in the Egyptian parliament that would criminalize religious edicts issued by scholars on television if they do not have government permits. Proponents of the draft law say this will help eliminate radical statements made on television. The fear, though, is that this could also lead to government control over religion and curb freedom of speech. Correspondent Aya Batrawy reports from Cairo.
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Security and the recent war in Gaza top the agenda as Israelis cast their votes this week but what about the role played by Israel’s former foe and current ally in the south - Egypt. As the conflict raged in Gaza, Egypt refused to open its borders. Egyptian streets boiled with anger as people demonstrated not just against Israel, but also against their own government. So did Cairo really side with Israel against its Muslim neighbours? Lucy Ash investigates the behind-the-scenes role played by Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak in the Gaza crisis and she reports from the Rafafh border which has become such a key symbol of this conflict.