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Egypt’s CAMI bans Zamalek's Mortada Mansour from appearing on screen

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Nov 2015
Mortada Mansour
Mortada Mansour was banned from appearing on TV channels CBC, Al-Hayat, ONtv, Al-Kahera Wal Nas, Sada Al-Balad, Dream and Mehwer. (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt's Chamber of Audiovisual Media Industry (CAMI) decided Sunday to ban appearances by Zamalek Club's president and controversial figure Mortada Mansour on its channels, Ahram Arabic website reported.

The CAMI also banned statements by Mansour and will boycott any conference he organises or participates in.

Last week, CBC’s administration issued a statement condemning Mansour's threats against CBC TV host Lamis El-Hadidy, which he uttered in a phone call on Sada El-Balad TV channel with host Ahmed Moussa.

Mortada Mansour threatened El-Hadidi that he will make her stay at home. "I am warning you, Lamis," he said, "what you did today is a crime."

Mansour claimed that his son, Ahmed Mortada Mansour, who was then running for parliamentary elections (now an MP), wanted to make a phone call on El-Hadidy's show but she declined.

El-Hadidy replied on her show the same day that Mansour spoke, saying, "I don't get scared and I do not reply to insults." She added that Mansour was asked to join her program as a guest but he declined.

CBC's administration said Mansour has been attacking its TV hosts, the latest incident being against El-Hadidy, and called upon the CAMI, the Journalists Syndicate and the Free Media Region to act.

CBC also said it will not hesitate in taking legal action against "verbal terrorism" against its anchors by Mansour. 

In a statement, the Chamber announced its support for the CBC channel’s administration in any legal steps it takes against Mansour. 

The CAMI consists of TV channels CBC, ONtv, Al-Hayat, Al-Kahera Wal Nas, Dream, Mehwer and Sada El-Balad, in addition to media agencies Promomedia, Adline, Meda Line, and Future. 

The CAMI said it will issue a report, along with audiovisual material of Mansour using offensive language against the president, the prime minister and the Free Media Region.

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