Egypt minister must resign over offensive talk: Journalists union head

Ahram Online, Saturday 27 Apr 2013

Head of Egypt's Journalists syndicate demands an apology and resignation of minister of information following 'sexually offensive' comments against women colleagues

In an interview with private-owned Al-Hurra channel on Saturday, the head of Egypt’s journalists syndicate Diaa Rashwan blasted the Minister of Information Salah Abdel-Maksoud’s “inappropriate” comments to female journalists, demanding  his resignation.

Abdel-Maksoud, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, came under fire last week when a female Egyptian journalist accused him of sexual harassment after he answered a question she posed to him by saying “come and i will show you.”
The phrasing, which the minister had also used in an answer to another journalist a week earlier, is held by many Egyptians to bear sexual connotations.
Prior to the two recent incidents, Muslim Brotherhoood member Abdel-Maksoud had been accused of sexually harassing a female Syrian television host.
"I hope your questions are not as hot as you are," he said during an interview with the anchor before backtracking.
“As long as there is a cabinet shuffle, I demand [Abdel-Maqsoud] to resigns so that the ministry’s affairs would be administered by a ‘neutral’ board of trustees and not a political one,” added Rashwan.
On Wednesday, Presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy stated that a cabinet reshuffle is to be expected soon, however he revealed that it will be a “limited one” and will not include Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.
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