Egyptian minister says won’t reconcile with top art critic

Minister Gaber Asfour (L) said he would not accept reconciliation with art critic Tarek al-Shenawy (R). (Al Arabiya)

Egyptian Culture Minister Gaber Asfour said Saturday that he would not accept reconciliation with an Egyptian columnist who accused him of misconduct at his ministry.

Egyptian columnist and art critic Tarek al-Shenawy previously described Asfour as the “minister of revenge” in one of his pieces and has criticized his policies since he took over the post.

In response, Asfour filed a complaint against Shenawy, accusing the art critic of defamation. But Asfour later withdrew the complaint after his decision provoked criticism among media figures.

Asfour told Al Arabiya he did not want to be the reason behind an Egyptian journalist being referred to the courts.

He also said he spoke to the head of Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate and requested that the body launch an investigation into the incident.

Asfour also said he would not reconcile with Shenawy but, instead, wait for the Syndicate’s decision on the matter.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44