Egyptian Journalist Jailed for Interviewing Gay Men

Mohamed al-Gheiti, a television anchor in Egyptas arrested by authorities, and sentenced to a year in jail for promoting homosexuality and contempt of religion. He interviewed an openly gay man on his show in August. 

 Human Rights Watch wrote an article condemning the Egyptian government for suppressing dialogues regarding LGBTQ issues, according to Gay Star News. They also allege the arrest was unconstitutional.

“This order violates the right to freedom of expression, protected in Egypt’s Constitution, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It closes space for LGBT rights advocacy and shuts discussions which could contribute to understanding and acceptance,” the article said.

Human Rights Watch also stated that al-Gheiti is seen as anti-LGBT, so their opinions aren’t personal, but situational.