Media reacts after Egypt reporter brings child to work

This picture of Lamia Hamdin holding her child as she interviewed people on a Cairo street sparked social media reactions. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

In an attempt to balance motherhood and being a reporter in Egypt, where political events flood the calendar, a journalist decided to bring her child with her to work as she conducted interviews following a cabinet meeting, Al Arabiya reported.

With her almost two-year-old son stuck in daycare with no one to pick him up, journalist Lamia Hamdin had no choice but to take him with her to work.

A picture of Hamdin holding her child in one hand and a microphone in the other as she interviewed a man on the street stirred debate on Twitter in Egypt, Youm7 news website reported.

“Why didn’t any one criticize Licia Ronzulli?” one user asked on Twitter referring to the Italian member of European Parliament who brought her child to a voting session. The user, who goes by the handle @MuhammadGalalIT even called Hamdin a “model mother.”

Lamia said she did not know the photo was being taken, adding that she did not understand “all the commotion.”

“I am not reckless,” she told Youm7.

“I am a regular woman, I picked up my son from daycare and carried on with my job so I would not compromise my work,” she explained, adding that she only took her son with her because she had no other choice.

“Would people have me leave him out on the street?” Hamdin, whose husband works abroad, said.

The head of the channel for which Hamdin reports for reportedly “understood” her position saying her likes should be held in “high regards,” the Egyptian news website reported.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47