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Egyptian information minister faces sexual harassment accusations

Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maksoud is accused of 'verbal harassment' after making comments to female reporter laden with sexual overtones

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Apr 2013
Salah Abdel Maksoud, Egyptian Minister of Information (Photo: Reuters).
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Egyptian Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maksoud was accused of harassment following a comment he made to a female journalist at a conference held earlier this week.

A complaint was lodged against Abdel-Maksoud on Wednesday for alleged "verbal harassment, undermining public morals and making sexual insinuations." 

Abdel-Maksoud, who is also a member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group, was speaking at a conference at Al-Azhar University's mass communications department when he was asked by a journalist from the Hoqouq news website about media freedoms in Egypt.

Abdel-Maksoud responded by using an expression in colloquial Egyptian Arabic that bore sexual connotations – literally translated, "Come here and I'll tell you where to find your media freedoms."

The comment prompted a storm of criticism against the minister.

The complaint against Abdel-Maksoud also makes reference to another of the minister's recent comments, in which he allegedly told a Dubai television talk show host that he hoped her questions weren't as "hot" as she was.

In a Wednesday statement, Egypt's Socialist Popular Alliance Party said it also planned to file a complaint against Abdel-Maksoud at the prosecutor general's office for "verbal harassment."

Reporters from the Hoqouq website on Tuesday staged a protest outside the Egyptian Press Syndicate in downtown Cairo to demand the minister's dismissal, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported.

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18-04-2013 07:27pm
Women reporters
I am shocked that women are allowed to be reporters. Should they not be at home, take care of their husbands and children as dutiful wives and caring mothers? Is it not normal that when women have the audacity to ask silly questions about media freedom to the super humans in power who have the background, education, intelligence and surely elegance, not to mention an undevoted and self sacrificing interest in the well being of the Egyptian people, they receive an answer that will put them in their place? A people has the politicians it deserves. God Bless.
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Aly Sadek..Toronto - Canada
17-04-2013 05:23pm
The Nation...
Abdel-Maksoud, who is also a member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group.......Howcome he doesn't have a beard and a zebiba..????
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17-04-2013 09:07pm
Do you think that all MB members sign a contract that says they must have a beard and zebieba?? LOL!

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