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Thursday, 5 January 2017

From religious intolerance to sugarcane, it’s Last Night’s Talk Shows for 5 January 2017

ONTV’s Amr Adib covered the killing of a Coptic liquor store owner in east Alexandria on Tuesday by an alleged Islamist who is now in custody. Adib aired footage of the arrest, which took place 24 hours after the incident. Authorities were able to identify the suspect through a video of the attack caught by surveillance cameras in the area (watch, runtime 1:22). The raucous host was exceptionally curious about the alleged killer’s motives. “I want to understand what was going on in his head to do this,” he exclaimed, suggesting that investigators should consider sending the suspect for a psychiatric evaluation (watch, runtime: 1:47).

Adib also briefly went back to the bombing of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul last month, showing a video of two suspects talking about their involvement in the terror attack (watch, runtime: 3:08). He also interviewed Pope Tawadros II about the attack. “Sad is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this… it’s the first time for an incident like this to happen in Egypt,” Tawadros said (watch, runtime: 1:12).

The recent increase in sugarcane prices is just not enough for farmers, an industry figure told Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer last night, suggesting that the increase in sugarcane prices to EGP 620 a tonne is not enough to cover production costs, which currently stand at around EGP 750 a tonne. Farmers are looking for EGP 1,000 per ton, but cabinet spokesman Ashraf Sultan told Amer that’s not happening unless he wants the price of refined sugar to spike.

ECA refers head of Confederation of African Football (CAF) to prosecution? Adib spoke to Egyptian Competition Authority chief Mona El Garf, who explained that CAF Head Issa Hayatou has allegedly violated the Competition Protection Act. Hayatou reportedly renewed a contract with French channel Lagardère Sports for exclusive broadcast rights to CAF competitions for 12 years without first issuing a tender and despite there being better offers (read more in Sports), according to El Garf (watch).

Over on Al Hayah Al Youm, calls for a six-hour pharmacists’ strike on 15 January to object to med price increases were Tamer Amin’s issue of the night. Syndicate member Gamil Boctor told the host that the Health Ministry should announce the new prices for each type of medicine individually to avoid any sweeping generalizations that may cause confusion (watch, runtime: 5:08).

Lamees El Hadidy had the night off. We’re trying very hard not to give her the evil eye over that.

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