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Egypt orders probe after TV anchor criticizes Sisi

Lawyer Samir Sabry issued a complaint against Henawy, accusing her of insulting the president and inciting to topple the government

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Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadeq has ordered an investigation into a TV presenter who allegedly insulted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during an episode that aired on Sunday.

“You [Sisi] didn’t solve anything since you began ruling Egypt; you promised that within two years we will see a new Egypt, and one year and eight months have passed without any improvements. Only a few months are left and we are waiting,” she said on a program that aired Sunday, according to translated remarks by local Daily News Egypt.

Sisi is “all talk and no action,” she added.

Lawyer Samir Sabry issued a complaint against Henawy, accusing her of insulting the president and inciting to topple the government. Sadeq transferred the complaint to the Supreme State Security Prosecution for investigation.

Henawy was suspended from work in Nov. 2015 for criticizing the government’s response to flooding in Alexandria.

She was also suspended during the presidency of Mohammad Mursi for criticizing his administration.

Hani Jaafar, head of regional programming at the Broadcasting Authority, said he would not take action against Henawy, and would leave the matter to the relevant judicial authorities.

Daily News Egypt reported that Issam al-Amir, chairman of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union’s board of trustees, had formed a committee to investigate the episode.

The committee will determine whether the show’s regulations and media ethics were violated, and will submit a report to Amir within two days, as well as their recommendations on how to address the case.