Egypt imposes TV ban on lawyer who said raping women was a ‘national duty’

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Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation has decided to impose a three-month television ban on Nabih al-Wahsh, a lawyer who earlier said that “raping women who wear jeans is a national duty”.

The media regulator headed by Makram Mohammed Ahmed said in a statement Saturday that temporarily suspending al-Wahsh from appearing on Egyptian channels came after his controversial statements made on Oct. 26 on Infrad Show hosted by Saeed Hassaseen and aired by the satellite channel Al-Assema.

During the heated debate, Wahsh said raping women who wear ripped jeans is “a national duty”, adding that girls who show parts of their body by wearing such clothes are inviting men to harass them.

The council issued two warnings to Egyptian Al-A’assema and al-Hadath channels because they “hosted unqualified people who are not specialized in either fatwa (religious edits) and have unusual ideas”.

Authorities referred Egypt’s Law No. 92 of 2016 on the Institutional Organization of the Press and Information, and as per the Presidential Decree No. 158 of 2017, as relevant to the suspension.

His statements sparked outrage across the country as activists have stepped up to condemn him while others prepared to file a complaint against him.

Head of the National Council for Women Doctor Maya Mursi condemned Wahsh’s shameful remarks which are viewed as a “flagrant call” for rape and said they violate the Egyptian constitution which protects women from all forms of violence.

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