Cairo TV Presenter Under Review for Bashing Saudi Youth and Sports Minister

Published June 21st, 2018 - 11:10 GMT
Cairo city view (AFP/File Photo)
Cairo city view (AFP/File Photo)

The Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) decided to refer TV presenter Ahmed Said to investigation at the Syndicate of Media professionals for violations against the Saudi Arabian Youth and Sports minister Turki al-Sheikh.

Said is a TV presenter of Al-Kora Al-Youm talk show on both the Al-Hadath Al-Youm and LTC privately owned channels. He harshly criticized Al-Sheikh’s latest statements which incited controversy over the Egyptian League Champions Al-Ahly club, after a dispute forced Al-Sheikh to leave his post as honorary president of the club.

Said has claimed that Al-Sheikh runs a systematic scheme against Al-Ahly, as he was offering the club’s prominent footballers financially irresistible contracts to import them to the Saudi champions league.

On June 9 Said claimed that he received a death threat from Al-Sheikh on a phone call that he claimed he recorded. Despite promising his audiences to broadcast the recording and making the same claim on his Facebook, Said failed to do so.

The board directors of Al-Hadath Al-Youm decided to suspend Said’s program for an indefinite period until the end of the investigations.

 

 

Said once again appeared on the LTC channel insulting Al-Sheikh and reported the same allegations of the death threat.

Responding to Said, Al-Sheikh wrote on his official Facebook account, “My great faith in the Egyptian leadership is to take action against the violations of Ahmed Said, who does not represent the respected Egyptian media”.

SCMR said in a statement on Monday it considers the decision of the talk show suspension a correct stance, and this does not exempt the channel from the Council’s condemnation because the program violated all the principles of the profession and ethical rules and that the channel should have been more aware to prevent him.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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