TV Host Handed One Year Jail Sentence For Interviewing Gay Man
An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one-year hard labour after he interviewed a gay man about his life as a sex worker.
Mohamed al-Ghiety was also fined 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($230) for promoting homosexuality on a show on his privately owned TV channel, LTC TV.
Gheity interviewed the man in August 2018 about his life as a sex worker. The man expressed regret in the interview about his homosexuality and his job. The man's face was blurred for the entire segment.
Following the interview, LTC TV was taken off air for two weeks by Egypt's media regulatory body for violating professional codes. Gheity was also accused of promoting the financial gains that can be made from engaging in homosexual activity.
Gheity's channel will also be subject to surveillance for the year after his sentence is served.
While homosexuality is not technically illegal in Egypt, authorities have been tightening restrictions on the LGBTQ community in the largely Muslim nation.
It is not uncommon for people to be arrested for being involved in homosexual activities and be charged with being immoral or blasphemous.
In December 2018, Egyptian actress Rania Youssef was accused of "inciting debauchery" when she wore a dress some believed was too revealing to the Cairo Film Festival.
She faced a five year jail term if she was found guilty, but the case against her was dropped when she apologised.
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