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Last updated: October 14, 2015

Heated debate in Egypt after TV host comes under fire for encouraging “pornography”

Banner Icon The TV host said that she was tackling and observing what young men do before marriage, adding that she didn’t say anything “immoral”.

Egyptian TV host and prominent actress Entesar will stand trial on November 10 for reportedly inciting debauchery and blasphemy, after discussing the importance of “pornography” and its significant role in feeding youth’s needs, state-owned Al-Ahram reported.

Entesar encouraged young men to watch pornography until they are able to bear the high costs of marriage in Egypt. She said they have to satisfy their needs and acquire the proper sexual knowledge to be capable of satisfying their wives after getting married.

Samir Sabry, a renowned lawyer, filed a report against Entesar on a variety of charges including inciting debauchery and encouraging immorality.

"She said they have to satisfy their needs and acquire the proper sexual knowledge"

Entesar argued in the same TV episode that Egypt is one of the highest ranked countries when it comes to surfing pornographic websites because of the misunderstanding of what pornography really is combined with sexual suppression.

The TV host claimed that countries which ban pornography are more exposed to sexual suppression and high rates of homosexuality.

According to Al-Ahram, Entesar is not troubled from facing the prosecution, “I just observed a common problem in the society, and being charged for this proves ignorance, suppression of freedom and judging,” says the TV host.

She added that being a society which loves to “bury their heads in the sand” is not her problem.

A storm of criticism swept social media platforms shortly after the episode was aired; some defended what the TV host said and considered it as something normal, while others accused her of debauchery for explicitly discussing a “taboo” subject in Egypt.

Renowned Egyptian film director, Mohammad Diab, said on his Facebook account that there is a difference between a wrong you do on your own out of weakness, and calling for it out loud and trying to make it right.

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Diab added that sexual suppression is a side effect of a “failed country”, and the issue is not going to be easily handled.

Earlier this year, an Egyptian administrative court issued a verdict to ban porn sites, though ultimately, the decision was not applied. The court has issued the same verdict twice; in 2009 and 2012, but is yet to be executed despite pressure from major legislative figures in favor of the decision. The Egyptian ministry of communication said that completely banning these sites is “technically” difficult.

This year has witnessed several debauchery charges; among the most publicized were an Egyptian singer who was arrested following a video clip that allegedly incited “immorality”. Two belly dancers were arrested on the same charges later on.

Toqa Ezzidin
Toqa, a journalism student at Cairo University, currently works as an investigative journalist intern at the Daily News Egypt.
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