Egypt bans TV show over infidelity claim
EGYPTIAN officials have suspended a television talk show after a guest suggested that almost a third of the country’s women were unfaithful to their husbands.
The country’s media authority has banned the show for 15 days after complaints about the comments. The guest, Tamour al-Sobky, has said his comments were taken out of context.
Other TV shows have also been suspended recently, triggering worries about freedom of speech in Egypt. Mr. Sobky said that “almost 30 per cent of women, especially in Upper Egypt, have the tendency to be unfaithful” and that “many women have extramarital affairs while their husbands work abroad to earn their living”.
He also said that women cheated because married life was boring and they were immoral.
The interview was aired last December on the Momken (Possible) programme, broadcast by the privately owned CBC channel, but it did not get much attention until a clip of it was posted on social media, drawing huge public criticism and anger.