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'Slut-shaming' Egyptian female anchor quits following online campaign

Saeed was also recently criticised for calling Syrian refugees 'uncivilised' [YouTube]

Date of publication: 30 October, 2015

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Egyptian host, Reham Saeed, has resigned after social media users rallied to have her fired for invading the privacy of an attack victim, blaming her clothes for the sexual assault.
A controversial Egyptian television host has stepped down from her talk show, after social media users led an online campaign to have her sacked for airing compromising and private pictures of a young woman sexually attacked in a Cairo mall.

Reham Saeed announced on Friday that she was resigning from her role, hosting the programme Sabaya al-Kheir on the privately owned satellite channel al-Nahar, following the massive online campaign.

     Al-Nahar TV apologises to anyone who has been offended by the episode and stresses that it respects all women and girls in our honourable society
Egyptian social media users slammed Saeed after she aired photographs of Sumaya Abeed, without her consent, stating that the young woman was "sexually attacked because she was wearing a sleeveless shirt".

"I am announcing to everyone that I have resigned from the TV channel al-Nahar, good bye," Saeed said on her Facebook page before deleting the post, according to local media.

"I am not going to speak out just now, but one day the truth will come out. No one will expect what the truth is. Good-bye you good people," she added.

The owner of al-Nahar, Alaa al-Kahky, released a statement saying the channel had suspended the broadcast of Saeed's show and that an investigation had been opened into the contentious episode.

"Al-Nahar TV apologises to anyone who has been offended by the episode and stresses that it respects all women and girls in our honourable society," the statement read.

Fourteen companies that advertised on Saeed's programme, including Persil, Dove, Downey and Pampers, announced that they have pulled adverts from the show, after comedian Bassem Youssef led an online campaign calling for the companies to withdraw their support.

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