Egypt Independent

Egyptian Media Syndicate revokes Tamer Amin’s license



The Egyptian Media Syndicate moved to revoke TV host Tamer Amin’s license to practice the profession, due to violating the Media Honor Charter.

In a Saturday evening statement, the syndicate explained that after the conclusion of the investigations on Saturday with Amin, which lasted for about three and a half hours, investigations ruled that he had violated the Media Honor Charter and the Code of Professional Conduct.

The Code of Professional Conduct stipulates respect towards religion, societal values, ethics and traditions of the profession, the statement said, stressing that the code emphasizes the role of the media in protecting national unity, respecting human dignity and not offending any group of society.

“Accordingly, a decision was issued by the head of the Media Syndicate, Senator Tarek Seaada to cancel the permit to practice the profession issued to Amin for violating the Media Honor Charter,” the statement said.

The incident began on Thursday, when Amin commented on his show on the Al-Nahar channel that “Egyptians in the countryside and Upper Egypt give birth to many children and do not educate them, but rather employ them in the workshops, and girls are shipped to Cairo, to work as servants and sometimes in more despicable work.”

An Egyptian court on Saturday set March 30 to begin hearings for a lawsuit filed against TV host Tamer Amin, charging him with making degrading remarks against Upper Egyptians.

Lawyer Ashraf Nagy filed the case before the Misdemeanor Court of Nasr City in Cairo, accusing Amin of insulting and slandering the people of Upper Egypt and the countryside.

The Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) issued a decision to suspend Amin and refer him to investigation as his comments may incite bullying against rural people.

Amin on his end apologized for his comments on social media, stating “My sincere apology to all our people in the countryside and Upper Egypt.”

“My statements were aimed at the public good, and I do not mean to insult anyone because Upper Egyptians are the origin of Egypt and I am proud of all our people in Upper Egypt,” he explained.

He assured that he feels great respect and pride for the people of Upper Egypt.