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No One Is Quite Sure Who Funded This Egyptian TV Advertisement

•, Samuel Blackstone

Commercials warning Egyptian citizens to watch what they say to strangers were banned from television Friday after Egyptian Minister of Information Ahmed Anis called the ads an apparent "incitement against foreigners", according to Al Arabiya News.

The ad, featuring three young Egyptians sitting in a coffee shop casually expressing their dissatisfaction with the government, focuses on a "foreign" man who approaches the trio and is invited to sit and chat. While the scene unfolds, a voiceover warns that the man "knows what to listen out for and knows their target."

Critics of the ad not only questioned the message, but were left wondering who funded the ad. The electoral body running the upcoming Egyptian presidential election is one suspect.