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.


Mystery of Saudi journalist’s missing tweets

Updated 16 October 2018
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Mystery of Saudi journalist’s missing tweets

RIYADH: Unusual activity has been observed on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Twitter account since his disappearance on Oct. 2 — with a total of 163 old tweets having been deleted.
This has raised questions about the identity of the person managing Khashoggi’s Twitter account — and whether it is his alleged fiancée Hatice (Khadija) Cengiz. It was reported that all of Khashoggi’s cellphones are in her possession; yet Khashoggi’s ex-wife, Alaa Nassif, has said neither she nor Khashoggi’s family had any knowledge of Khadija.
On the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, he had not followed anyone new and the number of the accounts he followed was 778, according to the analytics tool SocialBlade.
That day, an additional 20 tweets were posted on Khashoggi’s account. Yet between Oct. 3 and Oct. 15, a total of 163 tweets were deleted — including 90 tweets on Oct. 4 alone. The number of accounts followed by Khashoggi also dropped by five during the same period — although it is not clear whether these accounts were deliberately unfollowed.
A Saudi Twitter user named Trad Al-Asmari has also monitored Khashoggi’s account and posted the findings online.
Questions have been raised over the kind of tweets being deleted from Khashoggi’s account, given the controversial nature of some of his posts, in which he had expressed views that could have been deemed sympathetic to Al-Qaeda and Daesh.
Lebanese political activist Nidal Sabeh said in a tweet about the activity on Khashoggi’s account:
“The person managing the Twitter account of Jamal Khashoggi has removed me from his friends list. His account has been recently very active, deleting several tweets and unfollowing accounts Jamal used to follow. I have no idea what could be the purpose of this act, but it certainly is noticeable.”