Kuwaiti presenter suspended for calling colleague ‘handsome’ live on air

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information has decided to suspend a presenter who commended the looks of her male colleague. (Screenshot from Kuwait TV)
Updated 20 May 2018
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Kuwaiti presenter suspended for calling colleague ‘handsome’ live on air

KUWAIT CITY: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information has decided to suspend a presenter who commended the looks of her male colleague live on air.
A viral Youtube video showed presenter for Kuwait TV Basma Al-Shammar calling her fellow male reporter “mazyoon,” which translates into “the handsome, attractive one” in local dialect.
The male reporter, Nawaf Al-Shiraki, was covering the municipal council elections before he appeared to be adjusting his traditional headwear prior to going on air.
This is when the Al-Shammar alerted him that he was on air, saying: “No need to fix your ghutra, Nawaf, you look handsome!”

The act was considered by some a “flirtation” on the presenter’s part.
However, others wrote on her Twitter feed saying there was nothing wrong with what she said.
A Kuwaiti MP reportedly wrote to the country’s information minister on Twitter saying that such a slip of the tongue should not be tolerated on state television.
A source from Kuwait’s state TV was quoted saying that the anchor had been suspended pending investigation into the incident.


KSA complains to FIFA about Qatar’s BeIN using World Cup as political tool

Updated 19 June 2018
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KSA complains to FIFA about Qatar’s BeIN using World Cup as political tool

  • The federation called on FIFA in its complaint to take severe sanctions against the Qatari channel and to abolish the rights granted to the network.
  • Some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against the “politicization” of World Cup coverage by the Qatar-owned broadcaster. 

DUBAI: The Saudi Football Federation has filed an official complaint to FIFA over the Qatar-owned BeIN Sports network’s use of World Cup broadcasts as a means of spreading political messages aimed at insulting Saudi Arabia and its leaders.

This falls within the network’s ongoing attempts to instigate hatred in the region, it said.

The federation said its complaint calls on FIFA to address the unacceptable abuse by the channel of its tools for politicizing the media. This was clear after the World Cup’s opening match between Saudi Arabia and Russia and contrary to the laws of the international federation, which stresses the need to exclude sport from politics.

The federation called on FIFA in its complaint to take severe sanctions against the Qatari channel and to abolish the rights granted to the network.

Meanwhile, some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against the “politicization” of World Cup coverage by the Qatar-owned broadcaster. 

The website sports4everyone.org created the petition and invited fans around the world to urge FIFA President Gianni Infantino to investigate the coverage by the Qatari broadcaster’s Arabic channel.

Among the signatories are Egyptian national football player Ahmed Hassan, Al Arabiya’s Sports Editor Battal Al-Goos, and former Saudi national team captain Yousuf Al-Thunayan.

BeIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast World Cup games across the Middle East and North Africa, although its channels are not available in Saudi Arabia, one of four Arab nations locked in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar over the latter’s alleged ties to terror groups. Doha denies the charges. 

“Sport rises above politics. FIFA tried to keep politics away from games. As fans, we are saddened by BeIN using its permission to telecast sports to transmit its political agenda, violating FIFA rules,” the petition read.

The petition website includes nine clips from BeIN Sports featuring pundits and presenters politicizing the match between Saudi Arabia and the host nation, Russia. 

In one of the station’s broadcasts, a commentator accused Saudi Arabia of “selling out the Palestinian cause,” while in another the host suggested the Kingdom’s top sporting officials will become “prisoners at the Ritz-Carlton,” a reference to the detentions in Riyadh during last year’s anti-corruption drive.

Egyptian media analyst Abdellatif El-Menawy said BeIN had “distorted the global football event” by using it as a political tool against Saudi Arabia.

“This is an infringement of the rules and standards of professional media,” El-Menawy told Arab News on Saturday. 

“BeIN Sports has abandoned neutrality and professionalism,” he added, saying the network’s coverage after Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 defeat by Russia was “gloating” and “sarcastic.”