DW drops Egyptian journalist after 'FB post calling for acid attack' on activist Mahienour

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Aug 2016

The German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said it might also pursue legal action against the journalist

Mahienour El-Massry
Mahienour El-Massry, revolutionary activist (Photo: Mahienour's official Facebook page)

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has said it has ended its relationship with a freelance journalist due to comments he apparently made on social media calling for violence against well-known activist Mahienour El-Massry.

Earlier this week activists began circulating online a Facebook post apparently written by a Nagy Abbas on his FB page, identifying himself as a journalist for Deutsche Welle Arabic, in which he urges readers to "kidnap Mahienour and give her a quarter-litre of acid to drink and pour the rest on her face."  

El-Massry, a prominent leftist rights activist from Alexandria, was released last week from prison after serving a 15-month sentence on charges relating to a protest in the spring of 2013.

The media company said on their Arabic website that Abbas "clearly called for conducting an illegal act against Egyptian rights activist Mahienour El-Massry,"

DW added that as a broadcaster "it does not tolerate such actions in any form," confirming that it has ended the journalist's contract and might pursue further legal action. 

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