Egypt’s FM criticizes BBC for false reporting on alleged tortured girl ‘Zobaida’

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Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, criticized the British channel BBC for reporting false information on the case of Zobaida whom they said was forcibly disappeared and raped by security forces.

In his speech on Tuesday before the 37th Human Rights Council, Shoukry said, “it is, regretful to notice lack of professionalism in the performance of some media outlets, which base their coverage on fabricated sources, for political purposes or in search of scoops.”

“This was the case in BBC last week’s report on Egypt, where the girl, who was alleged as forcibly disappeared and tortured, appeared on screens refuting such claims,” he added.

Media outlets affiliated with Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood had immediately picked up the story and promoted it, accusing Egypt of adopting the policy of “forcible disappearance” to get rid of those who oppose the regime.

Shortly after the story surfaced, Zobaida appeared with Amr Adib on his program that airs on ONTV and revealed that those allegations made by her mother were entirely false.

Zobaida said she and her mother do not talk and the latter does not know anything about her, adding that she’s been married to a Brotherhood supporter for a year now and has a child named Hamza.

Shoukry reaffirmed that Egypt is on a “path to success” in the area of women’s rights, and that Egyptian women have made “concrete achievements” with the country focusing on empowering women and girls.

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