Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown Expands to Stifle Journalists

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01/25/2019

An Egyptian television anchor was unexpectedly sentenced to one year in prison for interviewing a gay man on TV last week. The conviction of Mohamed Al-Ghaity, a host on the satellite channel LTV, reveals the lengths the government will go to shut down discussions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues particularly, because al-Ghaity is known as a staunch supporter of Egypt’s government and, based on his past anti-gay comments, apparently shares the government’s hostility towards LGBT rights. During the segment that landed him in jail, Al-Ghaity asked his unidentified gay guest to discuss his experience as a sex worker.

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