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Controversial TV host Moussa to be questioned over attacking 2011 revolt

Egypt's Journalists Syndicate says disciplinary proceedings will be taken against Ahmed Moussa and a female journalist for infringing press code of honour by attacking the 2011 uprising

Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Sep 2014
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Egypt's Journalists Syndicate is to investigate controversial talk show host and journalist Ahmed Moussa over a tirade one of his guests made about the 2011 uprising and its activists.

Moussa will be questioned for allegedly breaching the media code of ethics following complaints put forward by several journalists, the syndicate said in a Monday statement.

The accusations stem from an episode on 13 September in which a female journalist claimed the popular revolt was a western plot to topple the state and destroy its institutions.

Nagaat Abdel-Rahman claimed that several prominent symbols of the revolt, namely those of the April 6 Youth Movement, were trained and funded overseas as part of a conspiracy to stir chaos.

The syndicate's board will take disciplinary measures against the duo over accusations they breached the media code of honour and the country's constitution by disparaging the 25 January uprising, the statement said.

Moussa, who hosts a talk show on the privately owned satellite channel Sada El-Balad, is also a journalist at state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

A separate complaint was filed with the country's prosecutor-general on Monday against the channel's owner's, Hosni Mubarak-era business tycoon Mohamed Aboul-Enein, as well as the staff of the show and the guest journalist, accusing them of defamation and broadcasting erroneous information, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website said.

The report was lodged by Ramy El-Minshawy, a journalist at Al-Wafd newspaper.
 

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