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.


Dubai-based radio presenter dies hours before show

Updated 16 January 2019
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Dubai-based radio presenter dies hours before show

  • Aramouni was due to present his regular Drive Time slot when he died
  • The Arab-American had previously worked for a radio station in Lebanon

DUBAI: A Dubai-based radio station suspended its regular programing after one of its presenters died a short time before he was due on air.

US-born James Aramouni, 28, had just returned from visiting his family in Lebanon and was due to present his Drive Time show on Dance 97.8 when he died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.

The radio station is owned by the media group Shock Middle East which also owns Heart 107.1 FM.

Aramouni, joined the group in October 2017 as the Dance 97.8 Drive Time presenter, having previously worked on a radio station in Beirut.

Group managing director, Cameron Plant said he “quickly became one of the stations leading presenters.”

“James was a much-loved member of the Shock Middle East family and we are devastated to hear of his passing,”

“We will miss his creativity, energy and his contribution to Dance FM. We ask you to respect the privacy of his family during this difficult time.”

Digby Taylor, Aramouni’s program director, told local press that the DJ was one of the biggest talents he had worked with throughout his 40-year career.

He said Aramouni was hugely popular with his colleagues and lived with several of the other presenters

“This was a young man who should have had many, many years ahead of him. He was in the prime of his life and should have had such a long career ahead.”

Aramouni had spent New Year in South Africa and posted a photograph of himself with a friend in front of Table Mountain.

In one of the comments in the thread that followed he told a friend: “it was amazing bro. i wanna move there!!”

But after his death the thread became a place for tributes, with one frined writing: “R.I.P my brother!!You were a great man!!I will never forget the day I met you.”

The radio station Dance 97.8 suspended regular programming for three days as a mark of respect.

No details have been given into the cause of his death.