Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has said it has ended its relationship with a freelance journalist due to comments he apparently made on social media calling for violence against well-known activist Mahienour El-Massry.
Earlier this week activists began circulating online a Facebook post apparently written by a Nagy Abbas on his FB page, identifying himself as a journalist for Deutsche Welle Arabic, in which he urges readers to "kidnap Mahienour and give her a quarter-litre of acid to drink and pour the rest on her face."
El-Massry, a prominent leftist rights activist from Alexandria, was released last week from prison after serving a 15-month sentence on charges relating to a protest in the spring of 2013.
The media company said on their Arabic website that Abbas "clearly called for conducting an illegal act against Egyptian rights activist Mahienour El-Massry,"
DW added that as a broadcaster "it does not tolerate such actions in any form," confirming that it has ended the journalist's contract and might pursue further legal action.