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CBS Refuses Egypt’s Demand to Pull Upcoming 60 Minutes Interview With President Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sat down for an interview with CBS Newsman Scott Pelley, as part of a 60 Minutes interview set to air this Sunday. The Egyptian government is not happy about it.

It’s “the interview Egypt’s government doesn’t want on TV,” according to CBS News. Pelley apparently asked the leader, amongst other tough questions, about “jailing his opponents to maintain his regime and the massacre of 800 civilians by Egypt when he was Defense Minister.” And then, the Egyptian Ambassador called.

Per CBS:

The 60 Minutes team was contacted by the Egyptian Ambassador shortly after and told the interview could not be aired. The interview will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Zing!

Expect the interview to detail Egypt’s cooperation with Israel on combatting ISIS — “We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis,” Sisi says — as well as tough questions on the country’s political prisoners.

Pelley, per CBS, asked Sisi about a Human Rights Watch estimate that Egypt is holding 60,000 political prisoners.

“I don’t know where they got that figure,” Sisi replied. “I said there are no political prisoners in Egypt. Whenever there is a minority trying to impose their extremist ideology we have to intervene regardless of their numbers.”

The full interview airs, Sunday, January 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

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