(MENAFN) Urging Egyptian officials and the Egyptian elite to boycott the BBC, head of Egypt's official State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan also called for refraining from interviewing any of its correspondents and editors until it officially apologizes for a recently published report that the state body claims contained false information about Egypt.
On Friday, the British news network published a 5000-word article and video report entitled "The shadow over Egypt," which talked about the African country's human rights conditions, alleged torture and the phenomenon of "enforced disappearances".
The SIS said that the report had "lies and allegations" and summoned the head of the BBC's office in Egypt to receive an official letter of response regarding the report.
"The author of the report, Orla Guerin, aimed to impose her biased personal views and impressions through the report, she committed violations to internationally recognize professional norms, and those of the BBC itself," the SIS statement read.
BBC report included a woman who claimed has been forcibly disappeared by police forces, however, the SIS report noted that the BBC reporter has failed to give any information about the woman or to prove police involvement in the case.
"[We have] tried twice to contact the BBC "reporter" to get information about the case, but she could not be reached, this is considered a lack of evidence for police involvement in the case," the SIS statement continued.