Egyptian anchor suspended for using “inappropriate language” on air in episode discussing rape

Egyptian anchor Mona Iraqi suspended for using “inappropriate language” on air in episode discussing rape. (Screenshot)
Updated 14 February 2018
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Egyptian anchor suspended for using “inappropriate language” on air in episode discussing rape

CAIRO: Egypt’s Media Council decided to suspend TV anchor Mona Iraqi for using “inappropriate” language during an episode discussing rape.
The Media Council, a regulatory body established by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2016, said it is has detected Iraqi’s “professional and ethical error on air” while addressing the topic of her episode.
The council said she “used inappropriate phrases that contradict ethical and professional values,” which prompted the decision that led to her suspension.
Hours prior to the decision, the channel airing Iraqi’s program launched an investigation into the host’s previous episodes of her show “Entebah” (meaning attention in Arabic).
The channel’s management said that the language used by Iraqi contradicts the channel’s regulations, which adheres to “good values and principles,” adding that they represent “the channel of the Egyptian family” since its launch 15 years ago.
“The Mehwar channel apologizes to the audience for the inappropriate words used by host Mona Iraqi,” it added in the statement.
Iraqi was sentenced to six months in prison in 2015 with a LE10,000 ($565) bail over charges of “defamation” and broadcasting false news over her controversial filming of a bathhouse raid in December 2014.
Although the verdict was canceled in January 2016, the anchor received backlash at the time for cooperating with police to raid the bathhouse, accusing the 26 men inside of “debauchery”, a blanket legal term for homosexual activity.


Saudi Arabia ‘has a case’ in complaint over World Cup ‘politicization’ by Qatar’s BeIN

Updated 19 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia ‘has a case’ in complaint over World Cup ‘politicization’ by Qatar’s BeIN

  • Broadcast of political messages in coverage forbidden, analyst confirms.
  • Saudi football federation urges FIFA to sanction the Doha-owned channel.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has a justified case in complaining to FIFA over the “politicization” of the World Cup by the Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports, a prominent TV analyst has said.
A flurry of comments by hosts and pundits aired on BeIN’s Arabic station prompted the Saudi Arabian Football Federation to complain to FIFA this week, saying the broadcaster was using the football tournament to spread political messages aimed at insulting Saudi Arabia and its leaders.
In its complaint, the federation called on FIFA to take severe sanctions against the Qatari channel and to abolish the rights granted to the network.
One BeIN commentator accused Saudi Arabia of “selling out the Palestinian cause,” while a Doha-based international footballer invited on the channel was allowed to call for an end to the year-long boycott of Qatar by neighbors Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.
Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, principal TV research analyst at IHS Markit Technology, said that politicized coverage was expressly forbidden by world football’s governing body as well as the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
“FIFA and UEFA forbid the transmission of political messages during football matches for which they control the rights. It’s not only comments by the broadcasters — but even banners; everything (political) is forbidden,” the analyst told Arab News.
“So messages about Palestine, about political things, are not allowed.”
Papavassilopoulos said that if there is evidence of such cases, authorities in the Kingdom would be justified in taking the matter to FIFA.
“If there are video clips that show BeIN media personnel speaking against Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia has a case,” he said.
But whether FIFA will take any action against BeIN is another matter. Papavassilopoulos pointed to the fact that BeIN is a valued client of FIFA — it bought the rights to host the World Cup across the Middle East and North Africa — and that Qatar plans to host the tournament in 2022.
“BeIN media is a very good client for FIFA. And don’t forget that Qatar is the country that will host the 2022 World Cup,” he said. “It’s going to be very very hard for FIFA to impose penalties on BeIN media knowing that Qatar will hold the next World Cup.”
Some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against BeIN’s politicization of World Cup coverage, urging FIFA President Gianni Infantino to investigate the coverage.
FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment when contacted by Arab News.