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Facebook admin El-Sobki arrested for 'insulting Egyptian women' in TV remarks

Taymour El-Sobky's statements about female infidelity caused widespread anger in Egypt and saw the TV show he was speaking on suspended

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Feb 2016
Taymour El-Sobky
Taymoud El-Sobky in his way to prosecution on Thursday (Photo: The diaries of a suffering man Facebook page)

Egypt's security forces arrested the administrator of a Facebook page on Thursday on charges of “insulting Egyptian women” during a television appearance in December.

Taymour El-Sobky created controversy when he appeared on the programme Momken ("It's Possible") on CBC channel with host Khairy Ramadan, opining about infidelity among married women.

In response to a question about the main marital problems that he receives questions about on his page, El-Sobky said that women cheat on their husbands, who forgive them, but then decide to leave.

"Thirty percent of women have a readiness for immorality... but cannot find someone to encourage them," he said.

El-Sobky claimed that women in the the Upper Egyptian governorates of Assiut, Minya, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan were likely to be unfaithful because of arranged marriages and local men working abroad.

The prosecutor-general issued an arrest warrant for El-Sobky on Tuesday after receiving complaints against his statements.

Although it has been over two months since the show aired, in recent days El-Sobky's statements have been circulating on social media, and have been highlighted by Upper Egyptian parliamentarians who decried them as insulting to local women.

The Chamber of Audio-Visual Media, a self-regulating media body, decided earlier this week to suspend Momken for 15 days pending investigations by the chamber's technical legal committee into the insults.

Both host Ramadan and the heads of CBC have apologised for El-Sobky's remarks.

El-Sobky, who has said he has also received death threats from angry Upper Egyptians, also issued an apology, saying that his words were taken out of context and that his Facebook page is intended to be humorous.

The page has over one million likes.  

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