Mona Iraqi defends her show, reveals being raped in childhood

Egyptian TV host Mona Iraqi – Screenshot from BBC videoControversial Mona Iraqi banned from air over incest episode CAIRO - 15 February 2018: Controversial anchor Mona Iraqi was ordered to be tentatively banned from appearing on TV over sexually-charged remarks. During the episode on February 12 of the program "Entbah" (Attention), which was broadcasted on Mehwar TV channel, Iraqi explored the subject of incest, featuring a woman who had her male kids raped by her husband, along with their daughter, who later committed suicide. Amany el-Khayat suspended over Oman remarks CAIRO - 16 February 2018: The administrative council of Egypt's Media Syndicate decided to suspend Amany el-Khayat, host of the ONTV show "Beyn Al-Sotor" (Between the Lines), for one month, and to suspend Ahmed el-Sherif, host of LTC show "Malaab El Sherif" (Sherif's Pitch), for three weeks, Hamdi al-Konaysi, head of the Media Syndicate, said in a statement on Thursday. CAIRO - 23 February 2018: Controversial anchor Mona Iraqi was hosted by BBC Arabic “Betawket Masr” or “Egypt’s time” TV show, which was the first time to appear on TV after being banned from appearing on TV over sexually-charged remarks.Iraqi said that she has joined the international hashtag #Me_too by admitting that she was raped when she was only 10 years old, adding that the pain of the rape is only felt by the person who has experienced it, and many celebrities around the world has confessed being raped or harassed, but the conservative culture in the Arab world is a hindrance concerning women expressing what they have been through.Iraqi caused controversy after her episode on February 12 of the program “Entebah” (Attention), which was broadcasted on Mehwar TV channel; she explored the subject of incest, featuring a woman whose male childeren had been raped by her husband, along with their daughter, who later committed suicide.Iraqi wondered in her program why men are always the ones who are raping, adding that men always show their affection through sex, unlike women, and describing such acts as “animalistic”.Yahiya el-Konaisy, board member of the National Broadcasting Authority, referred Iraqi for investigations, while the latter said that she “welcomes” the syndicates’ decision.Also, Mehwar TV’s board has released a statement condemning Iraqi’s remarks, which are at odds with the values of the Egyptian society.Iraqi told BBC that she doesn’t regret what she said during her show but maybe she was mistaken in the way she presented it.The Court is scheduled for March 18 to prosecute Iraqi, on charges of committing a blatant act of public defamation, defamation of the Egyptian man and publishing false news.In 2016, Iraqi experienced a firestorm for a famous episode in which she claimed that Cairo-based Beit el-Bahr hammam (traditional steam bath) is a homosexual meeting place.Earlier this month The administrative council of Egypt’s Media Syndicate decided to suspend Amany el-Khayat, host of the ONTV show “Beyn Al-Sotor” (Between the Lines), for one month, and to suspend Ahmed el-Sherif, host of LTC show “Malaab El Sherif” (Sherif’s Pitch), for three weeks, Hamdi al-Konaysi, head of the Media Syndicate, said in a statement on February 16.

Source:Egypt Today

February 23, 2018 13:33 UTC

Europa League draw revealed: AC Milan vs Arsenal

Europa League logo – UEFA.comFootball - AC Milan v Arsenal UEFA Champions League Second Round First Leg - San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy - 15/2/12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates scoring AC Milan's fourth goal with Mark van Bommel (top) and Robinho as Arsenal's Robin van Persie (R) looks dejected Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff LivepicCAIRO – 23February 2018:The UEFA Europa League 16th round’s draw was held on Friday afternoon and it resulted with a classic big game between Arsenal & AC Milan.The draw, which was objective and without conditions for almost all teams (except the Russians and Ukrainians who have political issues between each other), was held at the UEFA head-quarters in Nyon, Switzerland.The 16 qualified teams are: CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Atlético Madrid, Athletic Club (Spain), Lazio, AC Milan (Italy), Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig (Germany), Olympique Lyon, Olympique Marseille (France), Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic), Sporting CP (Portugal), Arsenal (England), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) and Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).The resulted draw is:- Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev- RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg- Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moscow- CSKA Moscow vs Olympique Lyonnais- Olympique de Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao- Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen- Borussia Dortmund vs FC Salzburg- AC Milan vs ArsenalThe first leg of the eight clashes will be on March 8 and then the second leg will be a week later on March 15.There is no doubt that the match between AC Milan and Arsenal is the most waited match as both teams have a great reputation in Europe.The seven-times Champions League winner, AC Milan, is coached by the ‘Milanista’ legend Gennaro Gattuso.The ‘Rossoneri’ team hopes to satisfy their fans by achieving a trophy this season as they invested a lot last summer by signing 15 players for around €300 million.On the other hand, Arsenal is looking to achieve their first European title since 1994, when they won the the Cup Winners' Cup – the latter title recognized by the European confederation.The ‘Gunners’ also reached the final match in 2006 but weredefeated by the Spanish giants FC Barcelona 1-2.

Source:Egypt Today

February 23, 2018 13:18 UTC

French group in bid to ban young children watching 'Fifty Shades Freed'

The film stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. A Catholic group which succeeded in having Lars von Trier's ultra-violent film "Antichrist" banned from French cinemas, is now taking a case against the erotic romance "Fifty Shades Freed".The traditionalist Promouvoir (Promote) lobby group wants the film version of the last of E. L. James' trilogy on a sadomasochistic love affair banned for under 12s.The blockbuster, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, can be watched by anyone in France even though only over 18s can see it in Britain.US censors gave it an R rating, meaning under 17s must be accompanied by a parent. "It's crazy that this film should be seen by seven-year-old children. It has to be banned for children under 12," the group's lawyer, Andre Bonnet, told AFP late Thursday. "The courts must judge if showing an adult film -- especially when it is about this sadomasochistic relationship -- is right for children," he added.The group has scored several court victories by using a clause in the French film classification rules which allows films to be pulled from cinemas if they might affect "the emotional development of children".Gaspar Noe's erotic odyssey "Love" was banned by the courts in 2015 and the permit for "Blue is the Warmest Colour", which won the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival in 2013, was also withdrawn the same year over its lesbian scenes.While "Love" was re-released with a revised 18 certificate, Tunisian-French director Abdellatif Kechiche's much-praised love story was left in legal limbo.It prompted the French culture ministry, which has generally overturned the bans, to order a rethink of the rules.Von Trier, the notoriously provocative Danish director, who revels in putting audiences and his actors through the wringer, admitted that "Antichrist" was not for the faint-hearted when it was first shown.It opens with a passionate sex scene between a couple played by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who are so absorbed in their love making they fail notice their toddler falling to his death from a window.Promouvoir also tried to have the age classification for the first of the E. L. James' movies, "Fifty Shades of Grey", raised when it was released in 2015, but without success.

Source:Egypt Today

February 23, 2018 12:00 UTC

Girl wins first case against harasser in Upper Egypt

Rania Fahmy the girl who brought her harasser to justice in Upper Egypt - File photoCAIRO - 23 February 2018: Qena Criminal Court sentenced a harasser to three years in prison last Thursday for sexually assaulting 23-year-old Rania Fahmy.“It all started while I was out on an August Friday to do some shopping for my house, when a guy sexually harassed me in the street. I shouted at him but he started to beat me so I hit him with my handbag,” Fahmy told Egyptian presenter Wael el-Abrashy during his daily show “10 p.m.” on Dream TV.Fahmy explained that some pedestrians tried to cover up for the harasser and aid him in escaping.Intending to take further legal action against the harasser, Fahmy used the CCTV recordings from a nearby shop to where the incident occurred and took it to the police.The video of Fahmy and the harasser went viral on different social media platforms where most of the comments expressed support for her and her brave retaliation against the defendant.Fahmy is an upper Egyptian girl from Qena, an Upper Egyptian governorate with strict traditions and customs mostly derived from religion. She graduated from the Sciences Faculty and lives with her mother and three sisters in one of Qena’s villages.Although this is the first harassment case brought to court in Upper Egypt, it is not the first in Egypt. The first harassment case in Egypt was in 2008 when Noha Ostadh filed a case against Sharif Gomaa who harassed her from his car as he drove slowly alongside her.The first harassment law in Egypt was issued in June 2014 during the rule of the temporary president Adly Mansour, it states that the minimum term of imprisonment for the criminal is six months and/or a minimum fine of LE 3,000 and no more than LE 5,000.Ahmed Abd el-Moghny, a lawyer for the Women’s Center for Guidance and Awareness declared that the judgment can be seen as a deterrent for others as the harasser committed an outrageous act in public, according to Al Masry Al Youm newspaper.

Source:Egypt Today

February 23, 2018 11:48 UTC

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