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British-Lebanese TV host deported from Egypt to Beirut

A dual British-Lebanese journalist, who was the host of a talk show critical of the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, on Tuesday arrived in Beirut after she was briefly detain by authorities in Cairo and then deported.

British-Lebanese TV host deported from Egypt to Beirut

Lilian Daoud, a former BBC reporter, is yet to make any comment on this matter. Her lawyer, Zyad el-Elaimy, tweeted that her first comment after landing in Beirut was that she will challenge the decision to deport her.

Egyptian authorities did not give any formal explanation for Daoud's deportation from Egypt. An Egyptian security official said that the residency permit of Daoud expired after the termination of her contract with the private ONTV station in Egypt.

El-Elaimy, however, condemned the move saying even criminals are asked to leave, not taken from their homes.

Daoud was escorted from her home on Monday by eight men in plain-clothes in an upscale Cairo suburb where she has lived for five years. She was taken into custody hours after announcing on her social media account that the network had ended her contract.

Daoud was with her 10-year old Egyptian daughter when the men took her away. She was not even allowed to pick up her luggage. She only called her family from the plane before it headed to Beirut, el-Elaimy said.

El-Elaimy dubbed Daoud's deportation as further proof of the government's crackdown on dissenting voices. He said authorities "are not prepared to hear any diverse voices or to hear anyone who is supportive" of the 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak and brought a period of political instability in Egypt.

Since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 after a military coup, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi-led government has not shown any tolerance for criticism, banning protests and blackening out many programs.