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Anchor Reem Maged charged with 'insulting' Egypt's judiciary

A number of popular TV figures have been released on bail pending investigation on charges of insulting the judiciary and illegally commenting on judicial verdicts

Ahram Online, Monday 15 Oct 2012
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Video snapshot of Reem Maged on her popular TV show Baladna Bel-Masri
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Sarwat Hammad, an investigative judge at the Ministry of Justice, ordered the release on Monday of media anchor Reem Maged on bail, after questioning her on the charge of insulting the judiciary and commenting on judicial verdicts.

Maged was accused of speaking inappropriately about judges in the introduction to her popular evening 'Baladna in Misri' (Our Country in Colloquial) programme on ONTV satellite channel, and of allowing her guests to do the same thing.

Maged, along with a number of television presenters and the chairman of ONTV, are facing investigation on the same charges.

Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekky had assigned Hammad to investigate the charges over a month ago, after around 900 judges had filed reports against television channels on the charge of insulting the judiciary and commenting on judicial verdicts.

A week ago, prominent television presenter Hala Sarhan was released following the same charge of speaking inappropriately about judges, including Judge Ahmed Refaat, regarding cases related to the killing of protesters. Riham El-Sahly, host of a talk show '90 Minutes' on Mehwar TV channel was also questioned along with her producer Beshir Hassan. All have now been released pending further investigation.

In 2011, Reem Maged along with prominent revolutionary blogger Hossam El-Hamalawy were questenioned by the former military council for stories deemed disrespectful to the military.

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