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Egyptian 'naughty journalist' sparks diplomatic incident after offering money for burning Kuwaiti flag

Mohammed Reda offered Egyptians $500 to burn the Kuwaiti flag [YouTube Screengrab]

Date of publication: 1 August, 2020

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A YouTube prankster called the "Naughty Journalist" has been condemned by the Kuwaiti embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry after offering Egyptians money to burn the Kuwaiti flag.
A YouTube video showing a prankster offering Egyptians money to burn the Kuwaiti flag has caused a diplomatic incident and led to strong condemnation by both the Kuwaiti and Egyptian governments.

The video, which appeared on Friday was shared widely on social media and showed the well-known YouTube prankster, who calls himself the "Naughty Journalist" (Al-I'lami Al-Mushagheb), encouraging people to burn the Kuwaiti flag in exchange for $500.

Tensions have increased between Egyptians and Kuwaitis recently after video footage appeared on 27 July showing an Egyptian cashier in Kuwait being slapped by a Kuwaiti man, with Egyptian social media users making negative remarks about Kuwait and arguments starting as a result.

The Kuwaiti embassy said that the Egyptian prankster's video was "a deep and unacceptable insult to Kuwait and its national symbol and could negatively affect brotherly ties between the two countries".

The embassy said that it had informed Egyptian officials of the "deep dissatisfaction" of the Kuwaiti government and people with this "shameful incident".

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that it "rejected and condemned" attempts on social media to create conflict between "the brotherly peoples" of Egypt and Kuwait through "denigration of symbols and leaders of the two sides", saying that "malicious entities" were behind efforts to harm Egyptian-Kuwaiti ties.

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None of the people appearing in the "Naughty journalist's" video took up the offer to burn the Kuwaiti flag in exchange for the money. Some of those shown stressed that Kuwaitis were "our brothers".

On his Facebook page, "The Naughty Journalist", whose real name is Mohammed Reda, says that his videos have a "clear message and goal".

However, he has asked people to do outrageous and violent things before. In a previous video he offered men $100 if they slapped a young woman accompanying him. Most refused but at least one man apparently took up the offer.

It is not yet known whether Reda will face legal consequences over his latest video.

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