Female journalist accuses private newspaper’s supervisor of ‘sexual harassment’

Fatma Lotfi
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A young Egyptian female journalist filled on Friday a lawsuit against one of her newspaper’s supervisors over alleged sexual harassment charges.

May Elshamy, an editor at the privately-owned newspaper, Youm7, accused one of the media institution supervisors of “sexually harassing her at the newsroom,” said Elshamy in a statement published on her Facebook account on Friday.

“The prosecution has been continuing its investigation since we filled a lawsuit yesterday,” Intsar El-Saed, Elshamy’s lawyer told Daily News Egypt on Saturday.

“We will issue an official statement soon to give further details on the charges and investigations,” El Saed added.

Neither the person El-Shamy accused or Youm7 commented on the charges or issued statements confirming or denying the alleged harasser’s suspension from work.

“I would prefer not to talk about this matter as I do respect the institution I worked in for the last few years,” El-Shamy declared in a statement, adding, “but, unfortunately, I experienced a number of harassments in the last few weeks from a single person in the institution during my work time and within the workspace, the newsroom.”

El-Sahmy elaborated, “I was sexually harassed verbally and (being) touched within (inside) the newsroom,” adding, “but I also deny any inappropriate phone calls, (between her and the person she accused).”

Since El-Shamy started to take legal proceedings some reports claimed that there were recordings of “inappropriate phone calls,” which she denied.

El-Shamy further asserted that she “respects the logistics within the institution,” noting that she is waiting for “(the) administrative investigations.”

However, El-Saide told DNE that Mohamed Saad Abd Elhafiz, a Press Syndicate council member attended the investigation at the prosecution with El-Shamy on Friday.

Meanwhile, Amr Badr, another Press Syndicate council member said that the syndicate will not leave El-Shamy alone, “All support for the brave colleague. Her right will never be wasted.”

Badr emphasized that Abd Elhafiz accompanied El-Shamy during the prosecution investigation.

Since Friday, a number of journalists supported El-Shamy with the hashtag “Support-May,” on Facebook. Other Twitter hashtags condemned the alleged accused editor was trending during the last 24 hours.

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A journalist in DNE's politics section with more than six years of experience in print and digital journalism, focusing on local political issues, terrorism and human rights. She also writes features on women issues and culture.
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