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TV host who criticised Egypt's president referred to prosecution

Azza El-Hennawy has been accused by the Egyptian Radio and TV Union head of committing 'serious professional irregularities'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Mar 2016
Egypt
Egypt's TV Host Azza El-Henawy
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The head of the state-run Egyptian Radio and TV Union (ERTU), Essam El-Amir, referred on Wednesday TV host Azza El-Hennawy to the administrative prosecution after she criticised President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on air.

El-Amir alleged that El-Hennawy and the crew of her weekly show Cairo News on Channel 3 "committed serious professional violations."

El-Hennawy spoke in a November 2015 episode about corruption in Egypt's municipalities and called on President El-Sisi to look into the issue and hold state officials accountable.

She added that because "the president appoints state officials," he should also be held to the same standards.

This is not the first time El-Hennawy has been suspended by state TV after expressing personal political views.

During the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, she was suspended for almost one year and eight months, and also was suspended for one year under the rule of president Mohamed Morsi.

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Glen Parry
25-03-2016 02:51pm
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Forgive me, but
Isn't the elimination of the corruption, both petty & large scale, which blights the Egyptian public sector one of President Sisi's stated aims; for which he is to be admired, despite the obvious difficulties which will be encountered in achieving this goal? Therefore, could a call to eliminate such corruption within a tier of Government with which much of the populace will have frequent interaction also able to be interpreted as a statement of support for the President's policy? Certainly, the President himself seems far less inclined to take umbrae at those who present wish to engage in debate or point out areas where improvement could be made than many of those who seek to demonstrate their loyalty to him.
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aladin
24-03-2016 09:13pm
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No comment, there is no need for one. It is not North Korea yet though. Insanity became the norm, what a tragic situation. Let us take freedom to the grave yard.
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aladin
24-03-2016 09:13pm
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No comment, there is no need for one. It is not North Korea yet though. Insanity became the norm, what a tragic situation. Let us take freedom to the grave yard.
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Sam Enslow
24-03-2016 03:34pm
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Against Sisi's wishes
President Sisi has himself stated he is the only one to say if he is 'insulted' or not. These charges reflect badly on the president. Perhaps this is a time the prosecutors got carried away in their 'support' of Sisi?
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Al
23-03-2016 11:58pm
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A sign of weak and incompetent leader
Only a weak and incompetent president would instruct his cronies to silence any voice of criticism. punishing journalists and the media is not going to hide or cure his incompetence; it's evident in ALL walks of life in Egypt.
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Al
25-03-2016 02:05am
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Further signes
Of weakness, incompetence, and denial!
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