Anchor Reham Saeed sentenced to 18 months for defaming victim on program
Anchor Reham Saeed

CAIRO: Anchor Reham Saeed was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday over slander and libel after she broadcast personal pictures of a violence victim without consent, Youm7 reported.

The sentence was issued by Giza Misdemeanor Court and can be appealed. She was also fined 10,000 EGP ($1,270,) for defaming “Somaia,” a young woman she interviewed Oct. 28 after a CCTV video that showed a man slapping Somaia in the face twice in a shopping mall went viral.

Somaia says that the man propositioned her before she responded to him, prompting him to hit her.

However, Saeed broadcast pictures of Somaia in a bikini and another of being carried in a man’s arms, insinuating that she may have provoked the offender.

Somaia claimed that staff in Saeed’s studio stole the pictures from her cell phone while it was charging, while Saeed said that that anonymous viewers sent her the pictures.

The man was sentenced to six months in prison for the assault, but was not convicted of sexual harassment.

After swift backlash on social media, different sponsor companies released statements denying any responsibility for the content of Saeed’s show, which presents itself as a public interest show, and announcing they withdrew their sponsorship.

The show was ultimately suspended by Al-Nahar TV channel.

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