After caller insults Morsy, radio anchor investigated for defamation

Radio anchor Reyada Samir is reportedly under investigation for defaming President Mohamed Morsy after a caller allegedly insulted the president on her show.

Samir, an anchor for the Sports and Youth radio station, was hosting a live show on Sunday at 2 am. The program proposed several political issues to discuss with the audience, and one caller allegedly insulted Morsy on the airwaves. The call was cut short by the show's control personnel, and then Samir thanked the caller and said she would resume the show.

The anchor reported that after her show ended, she was surprised to find that she would be investigated on defamation charges for thanking a caller who insulted Morsy. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union is penalizing Samir by deducting her monthly incentives and banning her from presenting programs alone.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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