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Prosecutor orders arrest of Facebook administrator for 'insulting' Egyptian women

Taymour El-Sobky said that almost half of Egyptian women have a tendency to cheat on their husbands

Ayat Al Tawy , Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
Taymour El-Sobky
Snapshot from Al-Nahar TV of Taymour El-Sobky
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Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of a Facebook page administrator over accusations of “insulting Egyptian women” following recent remarks he made on TV.

Taymour El-Sobky sparked public fury after claiming during his December appearance in a talk show on private CBC channel that almost half of Egyptian women, mainly those of Upper Egypt, have a tendency to cheat on their husbands.

A short clip of part of the interview has resurfaced over the past week.

The public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for El-Sobky after a number of people issued complaints claiming he "slandered Egyptian women" and made "honour damaging" comments, a statement by the public prosecution office said.

The prosecution has ordered an investigation of El-Sobky be opened after finding that his description of Egyptian women is "incompatible with the values" of Egyptian society.

Several videos have been uploaded online of Upper Egyptian men responding with outrage to comments made by El-Sobky, who said he has received death threats.

El-Sobky is the founder of a Facebook page called Diary of a Suffering Man, which frequently posts comics and memes about married life.

He apologised earlier this week following the public outrage, saying that he "did not mean to insult anyone" and that his remarks were taken out of context.

During his 9 December appearance, El-Sobky said, "thirty percent of women, plus another 15% [to be more accurate], has a readiness for immorality... but just cannot find the opportunity."

"Nowadays, it is very normal for a woman to cheat and seek it out," he said, claiming the phenomenon is "pervasive."

A media chamber has suspended for 15 days CBC's Momken talk show, pending probe by a technical committee into accusations of slander.

Egypt's press syndicate has condemned the comments and the broadcaster has apologised to "whoever was offended" by the video.

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Sam Enslow
16-02-2016 06:49pm
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There is a easier and far more democratic ways to protest these statements some find offensive. Turn the channel, boycott the products that sponsor the show, disprove his statements. In a society with free speech, people must expect to be offended at least part of the time. Legal action by the State should not happen. Recall Voltaire, 'I disagree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it.' In a democracy, many views are expressed. If only one opinion is allowed, it is not a democracy. Nor is it a democracy if all must conform to some official standard or 'Egyptian set of values.' Egypt faces many problems. It will require 'out of the box' thinking to solve them. Some ideas will be good and others bad, but if fear keeps people silent, Egypt will remain stagnant, growth impossible. Learn to trust the free market place of ideas. Be careful of the professionally offended.
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A.Seredin
16-02-2016 11:26pm
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Infidelity is Universal
...and it is notonly between females. I know that Egyptian males are many times more
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