The revolution in Egypt was, for the most part, televised--and heavily tweeted--during the Arab Spring of 2011. But it appears the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak won't be--at least not before any live cameras.
That's because the judge trying Mubarak--who is charged with corruption and complicity in the killing of more than 850 protesters during the uprising--ordered the live broadcast of the trial halted on Monday after "lawyers pushed, shoved and scuffled each other to get on television," the AP reports.
The hearings had been shown live on Egyptian State Television in an effort to allow the victims' families to see Mubarak on the stand. But Judge Ahmed Rifaat ruled Monday that the live broadcast was not in the "public interest," and had created circus-like atmosphere in the courtroom. Compounding the somewhat surreal spectacle was the image of the ailing Mubarak laying on a stretcher within a metal cage in the courtroom.Read More »from The Mubarak trial will not be televised, judge says