TV host in Egypt jailed for interviewing gay man

Mohamed al-Gheiti, a TV host in Egypt jailed for interviewing gay man. He was sentenced by an Egyptian court on Sunday and will serve one year in prison.

Mohamed al-Gheiti, who has expressed his stance against homosexuality on several occasions, was accused of promoting homosexuality and contempt of religion, AFP reports.

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TV host in Egypt jailed for interviewing gay man


The misdemeanours court in Giza also fined him 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($147) and ordered he be put under surveillance for one year after serving his sentence, said Samir Sabri, the lawyer who brought the case against him.

The verdict can be appealed, and it can be suspended if Gheiti pays bail of 1,000 pounds pending the outcome of the appeal, said Sabri.

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In August 2018, Gheiti hosted a gay man on his talk show on the private LTC TV station and discussed homosexuality on air.

During the interview, the gay man, whose face was blurred to hide his identity, said he was a sex worker and openly talked about his relationship with another man.

After the interview was aired, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, Egypt’s top media body, suspended the channel for two weeks for “professional violations”.

In a statement at the time, the council said the LTC TV had violated its decision “banning the appearance of homosexuals or promotion of their slogans”.

The council banned the appearance of homosexuals on any outlet after a rainbow flag — symbolic of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — was waved during a Cairo concert in 2017.

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At the time, the authorities launched a large-scale crackdown on suspected homosexuals, triggering condemnation from right groups.

Homosexuality is not expressly outlawed in Egypt, but gays have previously been charged with debauchery in the deeply conservative Muslim society.

67 Comments

  1. Some people take things too seriously. You mean he was jailed just for conducting an interview with a gay man.Seriously doesn’t make sense at all

  2. That’s what their law says, so if u r a victim.. You face the punishment, cos no body is above the law

  3. What’s bad in him interview the guy what such of law his that the gay also have there own right in the country

  4. This don make any sense,so just for conducting an interview, the man is being jailed. This is crap .

  5. That is good, how i wish all countries can take this matter serious like that, this homosexual rubbish might stop.

  6. It’s nothing to be sent to jail for.
    He did his job now.
    Just a mere interview, he was jailed
    This is serious

  7. Don’t know what this world is turning into. How can you air such dispecable act and get away with it. Pay for such

    • I love the cultural heritage of this country that is positive, if not people like Bobrisky wount be in Nigeria

  8. The interviewer was just doing his job, he shouldn’t have been jailed for just interviewing the hay guy

  9. In Egypt?? Never knew the Law was dat serious over der….get naija working again bcos in country, corrupt leaders are working freely and even seeking relelection

  10. Well, what a pity. That’s what you get when you decide to disobey your country’s stand against homosexuality. I hope this can be implemented in Nigeria too. Any form of contact and support for homosexual, that person should be jailed.

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