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Calls for Salah Abdel Maqsoud’s resignation after he allegedly verbally harasses reporter

inister of Information Salah Abdel Maqsoud is facing allegations that he verbally sexually harassed a reporter ( Photo courtesy of Facebook )

Minister of Information Salah Abdel Maqsoud is facing allegations that he verbally sexually harassed a reporter
( Photo courtesy of Facebook )

Minister of Information Salah Abdel Maqsoud is facing allegations that he verbally sexually harassed a reporter on Saturday. Nada Mohamed, a journalist with news website Hoqook, provided a testimony on the site.

The incident occurred at an event organised by Akhbar Al-Youm and Cairo University’s Faculty of Mass Communication in which Mohamed received recognition for her work, and was caught on video.

She claimed Abdel Maqsoud was discussing the freedom of the press in front of her colleagues at the event. Mohamed, who was not convinced by the minister’s arguments, asked him: “Mr Minister, where is this freedom when journalists are dying and getting beaten everywhere?”

The minister responded: “Come here and I’ll tell you where,” which in Egyptian colloquial Arabic has a sexual connotation.

“The words of the minister struck me with shock, because I didn’t expect this form of response, and expected a professional and objective response to my question, or even an open debate on the crisis of press freedom and attacks on journalists,” wrote Mohamed.

The young journalist did not respond to Abdel Maqsoud, saying she was too surprised and disappointed with the minister’s reaction to her question.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) demanded that Prime Minister Hisham Qandil issue a formal apology on behalf of his minister and sack Abdel Maqsoud for the verbal assault.

The incident was not the first of its nature exhibited by Abdel Maqsoud. Last September when appearing on a program The Arab Street on Dubai TV with Syrian television presenter Zeina Yazigi, Abdel Maqsoud made an ill-advised comment. When Yazigi said she was about to play recordings of opinions of different journalists, the minister said, “I hope they are not as ‘hot’ as you.”

ANHRI called for his immediate dismissal from his post, “especially since it is the second time that the minister has repeated words carrying connotations of sexual harassment.”

“The words used by the Minister of Information are not used on the Egyptian street, except in cases of harassment to which we want to respond,” said the human rights group in its statement. “It is unacceptable that these words are used by the minister that is responsible for managing the largest media institution in Egypt.”

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  • http://twitter.com/MUH_imt muhammed ibrahim

    A7A

  • Mohamed fkry

    عمار يا مصر الوزراء مهطورين و رؤساء مهاطيل

  • Amr

    ده راجل نجس ابن وسخه

  • Mohamed Alaa

    I am not defending Abdel Maksoud But why every word
    interpreted in the Egyptian media sexually?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lillian.dahllancaster Lillian Dahl Lancaster

      Because that is what is going on in Egyptians males minds, what the heart is filled of,comes out of your mouth! – I know, I lived there for 4 years, and hated it! -

      • Raghda

        yes you are right .. and i apologize for you for that :(

        • Lilian Botros

          I hated it too:(((((((

        • Lilian Botros

          I hated it too:(((((((

        • Lilian Botros

          I hated it too:(((((((

        • Lilian Botros

          I hated it too:(((((((

      • http://www.facebook.com/GdElrb محمود جاد

        not every man in egypt think with this mind ,wrong logic to make ur opinion

    • http://twitter.com/Omneya_Moustafa Omneya

      cuz if you are in a such position so you should think in every word and every action and decision as you are a leader ,,, and if you can’t deal with it ,, stay in your home

      • http://www.facebook.com/Bassam.Wafdy Ɯǝssɐʞ Ɯɐssɐq

        Yes, he must stay at his home immediately.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donia.maher Donia Maher

    فضايح

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  • ebn.asem

    اتقوا الله يرحمكم الله

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohamed.eltwapty Mohamed Ashraf El-twapty

    حكومة كلها هيجانين

  • http://www.facebook.com/monaco.hacko Monaco Hacko

    ya fr7t omk byk

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bassam.Wafdy Ɯǝssɐʞ Ɯɐssɐq

    المفروض أنك تكون قدوة للأعلاميين !
    عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه ، عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : من
    كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت ، ومن كان يؤمن بالله
    واليوم الآخر ، فليكرم جاره ، ومن كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليكرم
    ضيفه رواه البخاري ومسلم .

    أين أنتم من دين الله الاسلام ورسوله محمد (ص) يا تجار الدين

  • mohamad

    معلش يا جماعه الناس كانوا بيتعاملوا في السجن كده…يعني لو واحد منهم طلب سيجاره كان بيتقاله تعالي أ…… وانا اديلك سيجاره

  • http://www.facebook.com/mou.osman.3 Mou Osman

    A group of ill minded males ruling the deep-rooted Egypt:(

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  • Mahmoud

    The journalist was surprised, what do you expect from a provoking statement. By the way, I would love to know this journalist in order to tell her “Come here and I’ll tell you where,”
    Irrational Journalist

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

    • amro

      you should expect a professional answer and not an idiotic law case psychopathic harassing one!!! and it is true, in egypt there is no press freedom at the moment!! and this journalist was only doing her job as every one should be doing!!! true freedom is the only way not medieval thinking!!! wake up we are in 2013 look and learn from who is leading the world now!!

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  • http://twitter.com/waleed_eg waleed

    ههههههه … اتشردنا علنى !!!!!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/airlinologist Airlinologist

    Seemingly, using a condom is the only way for him to control his mouth.
    It is sad that the Minister of Information knows only tampons to block the mouths of his political opposition.
    This is not the only bad image of the executive team currently ruling Egypt.
    The overall performance is so lousy.
    After all, what are we really expecting from the crusaders-like Islamo-saders?

    • Mohamed Gamal

      who the hell are you to talk about our leaders and our country like this, you know what?! whatever you say to lead our nation into a war, you won’t reach it , because you are a big looser dumb asshole

      • http://www.linkedin.com/in/airlinologist Airlinologist

        Unfortunately, you need to revise your comment and correct the capitalization and punctuation mistakes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drjosephedward Joseph Edward

    for anyone who didn’t get the “meaning”
    in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, any question asked with “WHERE” gets an answer “IN YOUR A**”

  • http://www.facebook.com/drjosephedward Joseph Edward

    for anyone who didn’t get the “meaning”
    in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, any question asked with “WHERE” gets an answer “IN YOUR A**”

  • http://www.facebook.com/Waseem2000 DrWaseem Hamid

    I think the Minister has the right to sue this magazine as the title is Misleading!!

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/airlinologist Airlinologist

      Really misleading?

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