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Egyptian TV presenter apologises for insulting Moroccans on air

In her daily TV show, Amany El-Khayat suggested Morocco made deals with Islamists and was driven financially by prostitution

Marina Barsoum , Thursday 17 Jul 2014
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Amany El-Khayat (Photo: courtesy of Amany El-Khayat offical Facebook page)
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An Egyptian anchorwoman, Amany El-Khayat, apologised on Thursday for televised statements in which she claimed Morocco's king made a deal with Islamists in 2011 and that the country's economy is based on prostitution.

El-Khayat, who presents a morning show on privately owned channel ONTV, said that Morocco's King Mohammed VI brokered a power-sharing deal with Islamist leaders during the outbreak of the Arab revolts in early 2011 – a time when many Islamists were pushing for top positions across the Arab world.

She then added that Morocco's economy was based on prostitution and – as proof – asked the audience to Google the ranking of Morocco in terms of AIDS prevalence.

El-Khayat's statements went viral on social media websites and frustrated many Moroccans and Egyptians.

The TV station's owner, the Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, received a tweet from a Moroccan citizen asking him if he had seen El-Khayat's Thursday morning programme in which the comments were made.

Sawiris tweeted back, apologising and stressing that he did not see the show and that he will investigate the incident himself.

Hours later, El-Khayat along with her team posted on the show's official Facebook page to apologise to Morocco's government and people for the "misunderstanding" that happened during the show, adding that she only meant to criticise those who have abused the Islamic religion.

El-Khayat is an ardent, vocal opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has mocked El-Khayat's controversial statements several times in his own TV programme El-Bernameg – once a popular weekly show but which was cancelled in June for what he described as difficulties with Egypt's current political climate.

Last month, another privately owned channel suspended two broadcasters – one for making light of mob sexual assaults against women in Cairo's Tahrir Square during celebrations for President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's inauguration and another for hanging up on Ethiopia's ambassador to Cairo during a live TV phone-in about Addis Ababa's ongoing Nile dam project.

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Galilli
18-07-2014 03:52pm
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She is courageous
She fearlessly attacks Islamist and their flawed ideology. I will always stand by her
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dave
18-07-2014 08:35am
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here we are again...
here we are again, Egyptian media keep distinguishing themselves for their arrogance, ignorance, lack of professionalism and offensive behavior! nothing new out of a broke country that still have a superiority complex towards others!! how pathetic they are??!!
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Stifet
18-07-2014 08:24am
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0.1% according to Wh organ
Well i looked for aids in morocco and it's 0.1% which is les than egypt and much less than switzerland
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stan miller
19-07-2014 08:26am
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Aids
So what? Leave people alone to live their lives.
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Guest
18-07-2014 05:55am
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Pseudo-journalism
Clearly this pseudo-anchor sees correlation where none exists. Here's the synopsis of the situation. The Moroccan king sensing trouble is simmering in the region, proposed constitutional reforms which were approved by a referendum. New parliamentary elections were held and a moderate Islamist party won a minority government in a coalition with other parties. It's no secret that the Islamists weren't the king's first choice, but the people voted and he had to nominate a prime minister from that party as per the new Constitution. I'm glad the tv station forced her to apologize. That being said, I do miss Bassem Youssef jokes her likes. Cheers!
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Sami
18-07-2014 02:15am
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A reader from the Maghrib
This station should be shut down for repeatedly saying things that are not true.
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expat
17-07-2014 07:30pm
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bitter truth is never easy taken...
well,given the fact,that bezzness is a viral form of second income in all muslim hospitality, it would surprise,if morroco would be imune to it... and that morrocco might be the only nation in the northern african muslim world not touched by the flames of 2011...who would believe this? they have as many MBs there than everywhere in each muslim state...so if the king did a deal,whats the big point to deny it?
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expat
19-07-2014 06:17pm
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sure there was a deal to freeze the situation and to keep the MB in morrocco calm by including them into the government....the same shit, the US tried with the MB in egypt. What the king as well as the US forgot,these people have an agenda far more stretched than any short term thinking US ambassador might realize. Just wait and see, what will be the future for that country.
marwaaa
18-07-2014 09:25am
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she should mind her own damn business
the problem with this isnt that people are denying anything, its just simply rude. if she is gonna lash out at a people she should worry about her own people. if she wants to criticize any form of corruption, she should worry about her own country's corruption.
Canuck
18-07-2014 05:45am
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Convoluted comments
Not sure what your point is? Are you implying a deal was made between the Moroccan king and the Islamists and Moroccans are denying it?
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