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MP wants ban on prank TV shows because of negative impact on 'Egypt’s image'

Sunday 28-05-2017 - 07:21 PM
Khalid Fahmy
MP wants ban on prank
Cairo – An Egyptian member of parliament called for stopping prank shows broadcast on Egyptian TV channels in Ramadan. “Ramez Underground Show,” was singled out, the MP saying that such shows tarnish Egypt’s image.

MP Soad al-Masry told reporters on Sunday that most of the episodes of these shows do significant harm to Egypt’s image by reflecting the scenes of violence, poverty and bad habits of some people in slum areas.
She pointed out that people who have pranks pulled on them appeare improper in some shows, including “Ramez Underground”, and this contributes to the lack of setting good examples. The arts convey good messages and goals so such shows, which humiliate actors and actresses, should not be broadcast, according to the MP. 
Ramadan is the holy fasting month in Muslim-majority Egypt.
A woman with her
A woman with her daughter look at a stall selling festival lights and Ramadan lanterns, or “fanous Ramadan”- 2016. Photo: Reuters
Al-Masry reiterated that the show's only aim is in making profits, and the pranksters do not provide a good example or role-model for youth and society, noting that a great actor such as Mahmoud Hemaida, who had a prank pulled on him, appeared in “an improper image” that tarnishes the image of all Egyptian artists.

She called on all officials of state-run media outlets to take a strict stance on these shows, which include insults, rude words, and sexual insinuations, as well as drama that embodies violence and bad habits of uncharted areas in Egypt.

Almost every year, controversy resurfaces over prank shows during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Last April, two weeks before Ramadan was to start, Galal Awara, a member of the Egypt's parliament Media and Culture committee, called on media bodies to stop all prank shows during Ramadan,

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