Egyptian Parliament members call for an end to all TV dramas

Published October 20th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Opposition members from the Egyptian Parliament have submitted an urgent request to Dr. Mamdouh Al Biltaji, Minister of Information, regarding the media policy followed during the holy month of Ramadan, which strongly concentrates on broadcasting numerous dramas and different entertaining programs. The members have stressed that Egyptian television has turned into a tool for airing entertaining programs and neglects to focus on religious issues, which should be the case during the holy month. 


According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, their request strongly suggests that the time after Iftar, which is when it is time to break one’s fasting, should be dedicated to airing prayer live from different mosques. It was also added that all programs showing inappropriate scenes should be banned and television announcers should wear the Islamic headdress Hijab throughout Ramadan.  


On a similar note, it has been revealed that the television dramas “Eish Hayatak” for Egyptian actor Nour El Sharif and Abla Kamil, “Mishwar Imra’a” (A Woman’s Journey) for Nadia Al Jundi and Mustafa Fahmi, and “Mahmoud Al Masri” starring Mahmoud Abdul Aziz are the most screened dramas on Egyptian as well as different Arab satellite channels. – 

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