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Egypt court to rule 29 Feb in Reham Saeed 'violation of privacy' case

Reham Saeed, a one-time popular TV host, is accused of violating the privacy of a sexual assault victim during an episode of her now-cancelled show

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Feb 2016
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Snapshot from Al-Nahar TV of Reham Saeed
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A Giza misdemeanor court will issue its verdict on 29 February in the case against TV host Reham Saeed for “violating the private life” of a sexual assault victim she featured on her TV show.

The case involves an October interview Saeed conducted with a student, Somaya Tarek, who said a man had slapped her twice in a Cairo mall after sexually harassing her.

The incident was captured on the mall's security cameras, which showed the man following Tarek before they engage in an argument that ended with him assaulting her.

Saeed attempted to justify the assault on her TV show by arguing that Tarek dresses and behaves "indecently," and attempted to boost her argument by showing private pictures of Tarek.

Tarek filed the case against Saeed and Alaa El-Kahky, the owner of the privately owned Al-Nahar TV channel where her show was aired.

Tarek accused them of stealing private images from her mobile phone, which she left unattended during the recording of the show.

The court will issue a ruling on 29 February.

Since the airing of the episode, Saeed’s show has been cancelled and she has faced fierce criticism on social media for blaming the sexual assault victim.

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