Egypt Independent

State TV presenter interrogated for asking Qandil about torture

Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud referred a state TV presenter to interrogations after the presenter asked the prime minister about dragging citizens and torturing them in the streets during a live news conference, state TV sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

State TV attempted to mute the sound when the presenter, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, raised the question with Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, who responded by telling Abdel Aziz not to watch TV too much.

A video showing a protester being beaten, stripped naked and dragged by security forces during recent protests at the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace went viral, causing many to decry abuses against protesters. The clashes broke out as part of continuing resentment toward the president and the Muslim Brotherhood, and outbreaks of violence that surfaced around the 25 January revolution anniversary.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm