Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek has issued a gag order on media outlets covering a case involving the arrest of three women who were filmed having sex with prominent Egyptian film director and MP Khaled Youssef.
In a statement to the National Media Council, Sadek said that all media outlets – print, broadcast and online – are banned from covering the case until investigations are concluded.
Several videos were recently leaked online showing two young actresses and a businesswoman having sex with a man believed to be Youssef, who is currently in Paris, where his wife and his daughter reside.
The three women who appeared in the videos were arrested last week on charges of prostitution and inciting debauchery and obscenity online.
The prosecution has ordered that they be detained for 15 days pending investigations. The defendant's lawyers have denied the charges, saying their clients were all married to the director at the time the videos were filmed.
It is unclear how the videos were leaked.
On Tuesday, Sadek ordered the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology to block websites hosting sexual or indecent content related to “cases currently being investigated” involving the Youssef.