Egyptian TV presenter sentenced to year in jail for interviewing gay prostitute

Egyptian TV presenter sentenced to year in jail for interviewing gay prostitute

Egypt has waged a crackdown on homosexuality in recent years, imprisoning people on vague charges of “debauchery”.

Homosexuality is not a crime but is widely seen as taboo in the conservative, Muslim-majority country, while prostitution is illegal.

In September 2017 dozens of people were arrested after an LGBT rainbow flag was waved at a Cairo concert.

Charges against El-Gheiti stemmed from a complaint filed by Samir Sabry, a lawyer who has has previously taken other high profile Egyptian media figures to court.

The interview was broadcast in August on the LTC TV channel, which is privately owned.

El-Gheiti himself has previously expressed his opposition to homosexuality.

The interviewee had his face disguised and spoke about how he regretted being a prostitute.

Mr Sabry argued that in broadcasting the interview El-Gheiti had publicised that “practicing homosexuality” could lead to financial rewards.

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