Maspero anchor resumes work after suspension over ‘expressing her opinion’
Image from Azza al-Hennawy's controversial episdeo Nov. 1, 2015

CAIRO: Maspero anchor Azza al-Hennawy has resumed work at the state-owned TV after being suspended for about a month for “stating her opinion in a news show,” according to a Tuesday statement by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI.)

Hennawy had appealed her suspension before the board of the Radio and TV Union. Her case was adopted by ANHRI, which managed to produce a prosecution warning to the union, allowing Hennawy to view her investigation documents Nov. 19.

“We call on you (Sisi) to consider corruption at town councils and hold officials accountable.. a law that holds officials accountable, starting with you because you are who appoints them,” TV presenter Azza al-Hennawy said Nov. 1 during an episode of her show “Cairo News,” discussing the severe damage that rain caused in Beheira and Alexandria earlier.

“Every person in the government, every minister and governor should be responsible for a specific file within a specific timeframe… starting with you, what are you responsible for? What is your plan? What is your vision? Declare it to the Egyptian people and therefore the government’s vision would be announced,” she continued.

Hennawy told al-Bedaiah that her investigation “is an attempt to gag mouths and prevent the criticism of state officials, adding that the suspension violates her constitutional right to freedom of expression although she adhered to the media’s code of ethics.

“As long as there is no accountability, you (Sisi) will continue to talk and promise and there will be no outcome tangible by the Egyptian people in reality. That is why people are fed up and will no longer go to elections,” Hennawy, who works at the Cairo Third channel, said in the same episode.

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