Egypt’s media regulation council suspends Reham Saeed over ‘cruel’ fox looking episode – Politics – Egypt
The Supreme Council for Media Regulation in Egypt (SCMR) suspended the Sabaya El-Kheir program on Al-Nahar television on Saturday pending an investigation into the show’s host, Reham Saeed, into a controversial episode of illegal wild animal hunting .
“Due to the complaints that the SCMR has received, the program will be suspended until the end of the investigation with the television presenter and her legal representatives,” said the SCMR in its statement on Saturday.
No stranger to controversy or suspensions, Saeed found herself in hot water again when she started a new season of her popular talk show Sabaya El-Kheir when she aired a segment that featured the Merciless on a wild animal hunting trip in the desert showed capture of a small fox.
The episode was heavily criticized by animal rights activists and other viewers. They were shocked at the cruelty inflicted on the fox, who was tied and tied by the legs and mouth. He looked helpless and painful at the hunters who accompanied Saeed.
Due to the mounting complaints, the Al-Nahar TV network removed the episode from all accounts on various social media platforms, including YouTube and Facebook.
The network apologized to viewers by saying the episode was merely aimed at shedding light on animal hunting in order to boost the country’s exports.
On a live Facebook stream, Saeed said she did not know how her hunting party would hunt or what they would hunt prior to the hunting trip, adding that she loved animals.
She also stated that she wanted to shed light on animal hunting and showcase something invisible in the Arab world.
Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad issued a statement Thursday beating Saeed and her show. She said the hunting trip was initially unlicensed and that the ministry was taking legal action over the episode
She noted that Article 28 of the Environmental Act prohibits the handling of Egyptian wildlife without approval from the Environmental Affairs Agency, the statement added.
The ministry urged all people to preserve biodiversity as this is a right for future generations and the basis of life on earth.
Egypt chaired the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Saeed recently returned to the air after being suspended for nearly a year after making abusive statements on the show calling overweight people a “burden”.