Mona Iraqi faces station investigation over “rape” episode
The Press Syndicate is demanding that controversial Al Mehwar presenter Mona Iraqi be investigated for alleged “moral violations” during an episode about rape, Syndicate Chief Hamdy El Konayyesi has said, according to Al Shorouk. Konayyesi also commended Al Mehwar channel for suspending Iraqi’s talk show “Intibah” after the episode aired. We’re no more down with the idea of banning talk show hosts than we are with the concept of blocking access to websites, but don’t conflate El Iraqi’s woes with a wider crackdown on dissent: The presenter is widely loathed in media circles for her stunt journalism, including her “gay bath house” segment, which saw 26 men prosecuted on trumped-up debauchery charges. El Iraqi was later sentenced to six months in jail for defamation as a result of the segment.