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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Organ trafficking ring dominates headlines; should a company’s reputation matter over public health risk; Egypt breaks free from Saudi

Talkshows last night focused on the bust of what prosecutors allege was an international organ trafficking ring in Egypt. Health Minister Ahmed Rady ordered yesterday the shuttering of hospitals alleged to have been involved in the ring, according to Reuters. The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) arrested or issued warrants for 45 individuals who were allegedly behind it, including doctors, nurses and university professors, among others, from Egypt and abroad. Rady claimed that all the suspected illegal organ transplant procedures connected to the ring took place in private or unlicensed hospitals, saying no case had yet been uncovered in a Health Ministry hospital.

Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer reported that the ACA have been investigating trafficking human organs for several months in cooperation with the Health Ministry in the medical side.

Amr Adib was very impressed with the ACA during last night’s episode of Kol Youm, saying, “This is like an international operation… the ACA kept doing their work silently then half of their staff were on the streets last night to arrest the defendants” (watch, runtime: 5:14).

Head of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority Kamel El Wazir called in again last night to say that he had visited the disastrous Aswan train station on Tuesday, following the announcement that the armed forces were stepping in during the previous night. promise last night to fix the station. “The station is in worse shape than what has been reported,” he said. El Wazir added they are considering developing Luxor train station as well. Adib, doe-eyed with admiration, said. ‘I imagined it would take a week to move” (watch, runtime: 7:11).

Adib showcased a report on the launch of the “Support Local Tourism” initiative (watch, runtime: 3:42) and proudly celebrated ONTV’s Youtube channel surpassing 1 mn subscribers (watch, runtime: 8:30).

Lamees Al Hadidy focused on the negative implications of arresting a manager of Heinz’ factory in Sixth of October for allegedly using rotten tomatoes. “What is the message we are sending to foreign investors here?” Lamees asked. “Similar incidents happened with Edita and businessman Salah Diab, where allegations were not proven,” she said. Heinz legal counsel Mohamed Hammouda agreed with Lamees. Ashraf El Gazayerli, head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries’ food industries division, proposed that names of companies be withheld until the results of a full investigation are revealed. “This incident can harm Heinz exports from Egypt to the African and Arab markets,” El Gazayerli said (watch, runtime: 59:35).

Al Qahera Wel Nas’ Ibrahim Eissa talked about Russia and China’s moves to quash a UN Security Council resolution on a ceasefire in Syria drafted by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain. Eissa said that this at least shows that Egypt is taking the initiative on key regional issues and not just being a passive power. More significantly, Eissa noted that this means Egypt now no longer takes it cues from Saudi Arabia on the Syrian conflict (watch, runtime: 36:08).

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