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Media controversy continues

Another TV anchor investigated, accused of “contempt of religion”

Trials of media figues continue (file photo) Mohamed Omar / DNE
Trials of media figues continue (file photo)
Mohamed Omar / DNE

In another controversial media incident, Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud referred TV anchor Lamees El-Hadedy to state security prosecution on Tuesday, on charges of contempt of religion.

Forty lawyers filed a complaint against El-Hadedy citing statements she made on CBC TV channel, following the Shari’a Friday protest held in Tahrir square on 2 November. The lawyers said El-Hadedy called the protesters “retarded murderers,” and they accused her of contempt of religion.

Another TV anchor, Gehan Mansour, was referred to misdemeanour court for insulting leading Freedom and Justice party figure Essam El-Erian.

El-Erian filed a complaint against Mansour, accusing her of insulting him by calling him “Fascist politician” during a phone call broadcast on her TV show.

The public prosecution authority decided to refer El-Hadedy to court, after watching a video of the incident. Mansour accused El-Erian of insulting her and accusing her of receiving foreign funds to attack the Muslim Brotherhood. El-Erian was also referred to misdemeanour court. The 6th of October misdemeanour court will examine the lawsuit against El-Erian on 24 November.

Gamal Abdel Raheem received a court verdict from the State Council on Tuesday, reinstating him to his post as chief editor of Al-Gomhouria.

Abdel Raheem was suspended by president of Shura Council Ahmed Fahmi, following the publication of a story claiming that Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and Lieutenant General Sami Annan were referred to illicit gains authority, which turned out to be false.

On 8 November, the State Council ruled on bringing Abdel Raheem back to his post. However, Fahmi did not subject to the ruling, which forced Abdel Raheem to file a new complaint to State Council.

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