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Egypt Bans Media Support of LGBT Community

by Colton Wooten
Saturday Oct 7, 2017
Egypt Bans Media Support of LGBT Community

Egypt is controlling their media by denying any depiction of LGBT support.

Makam Mohamed Ahmed of Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) has issued unequivocal bans on gay media following the arrest last week of seven men for raising rainbow flags at a Mashrou Leila concert on charges of practicing "debauchery."

The display drew ire from the Egyptian government and prompted Mohamed to frame homosexuality as an affliction, a "shameful disease" to be considered as such:

"He said that this is where the role of media emerges, as it should shed light on the dangers of homosexuality and not on the supporters who try to validate these acts and promote them as basic human rights," explains the Egyptian Streets, an independent news organization.

Of the seven men who were arrested, one student was sentenced to six years in prison.

It is reported also that after being taken into custody to be held on charges of "promoting sexual deviancy," the accused men were subjected to anal inspections under the guise of searching for "'evidence' of homosexual conduct," according to the Human Rights Watch.

"The archaic technique was devised in the 19th century to seek 'evidence' of homosexual conduct, but forensic experts around the world have condemned the practice as lacking any scientific validity and violating medical ethics."

Egypt has restricted Mashrou Leila, a rock group from Lebanon - at whose concert the events under question transpired and whose lead singer is openly gay - from further performances in the country.

Reza Ragab, also of the SCMR, spoke of the agency's censorship of LGBT media as a preventative, "not restricting," measure against "bands and musicians getting on stage because they perform 'abnormal art.'"

While homosexuality is not expressly forbidden under Egyptian law, contempt for it is implied.

"In Egypt, police routinely round up gay and bisexual men and transgender women, actively seeking them out and entrapping them on dating apps and through social media."

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