TV host who criticised Egypt's president referred to prosecution

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Mar 2016

Azza El-Hennawy has been accused by the Egyptian Radio and TV Union head of committing 'serious professional irregularities'

Egypt's TV Host Azza El-Henawy

The head of the state-run Egyptian Radio and TV Union (ERTU), Essam El-Amir, referred on Wednesday TV host Azza El-Hennawy to the administrative prosecution after she criticised President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on air.

El-Amir alleged that El-Hennawy and the crew of her weekly show Cairo News on Channel 3 "committed serious professional violations."

El-Hennawy spoke in a November 2015 episode about corruption in Egypt's municipalities and called on President El-Sisi to look into the issue and hold state officials accountable.

She added that because "the president appoints state officials," he should also be held to the same standards.

This is not the first time El-Hennawy has been suspended by state TV after expressing personal political views.

During the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, she was suspended for almost one year and eight months, and also was suspended for one year under the rule of president Mohamed Morsi.

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