A court suspended on Saturday Islamist preacher Abdallah Badr's show on the satellite channel Al-Hafez for two months after a lawsuit accused him of defaming prominent actress Elham Shaheen.
Shaheen, as well as other lawyers, has filed a lawsuit before the Administrative Court of the State Council demanding that Al-Hafez be shut down and its licenses be revoked.
Badr, a controversial preacher notorious for the coarse language and insults he directs at opponents, had described Shaheen in his show of being “promiscuous, naked, and lascivious,” and also called her a “prostitute” and “infidel," according to clips shown to the court by the Public Prosecution.
In response, Shaheen filed a lawsuit accusing Badr of defamation. Last month, the Zaweya al-Hamra Court sentenced him to one year in prison and ordered him to pay a LE20,000 fine. Earlier this month, Badr announced that he will not make any more media appearances and will focus solely on preaching.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm