1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

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02/13/2019

Egypt is a rabidly homophobic country, solidly situated on the list of 73 countries in the world that have made gay sex illegal and it’s getting worse. A recent and most egregious example of unjust arrests was the arrest of the TV presenter Mohammed al-Ghaity, who was found guilty of contempt of religion and incitement to debauchery. What was this TV presenter really arrested for? He interviewed a gay man. Even though in the past Ghaity has attacked homosexuality, it seems he has violated one of the great “sins” in Egypt by discussing the topic with a gay sex worker who is directly affected by Egypt’s repressive approach to minority forms of sexuality.

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