Egypt Independent

Head of state TV channel accused of threatening to rape journalist

Head of the Journalists’ Syndicate Abdel Mohsen Salama filed two cases at the Attorney General’s office on Sunday against the president of a state-owned TV channel accusing him of threatening to rape journalist Hamdeya Abdel Halim of the al-Alam al-Youm newspaper and of libel against journalist Karem Mohamed at the Tahya Masr newspaper.

A leaked audio recording allegedly of the head of the Family channel Mokhtar Ahmed was broadcast on the Manchette talk-show on the privately owned satellite channel Al-Nahar on Thursday where Ahmed was heard saying he would rape the female journalist.

“There is a journalist who I would rape. I love raping. They used to catch me raping when I was young,” the voice said.

Salama said that the syndicate received a complaint from Abdel Halim saying that Ahmed threatened to rape her in the audio recording, describing the incident as an assault against a journalist because of her occupation.

The syndicate also received a complaint from Karem Mohamed who accused Ahmed of committing an act of libel at the channel’s headquarters in the state-TV building Maspero in downtown Cairo. Details regarding the content of the libel were not revealed.

The head of the syndicate demanded that the Attorney-General take legal action against the TV channel president.

Chairman of The National Media Organization Hussein Zein issued a decision to suspend Ahmed until investigations into the case have been completed.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm