The Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) has released an order to ban all forms of support towards the LGBT community on Media outlets.
Head of the SCMR Makram Mohamed said in a statement that homosexuality is a ‘shameful disease’ and shouldn’t be promoted on media. It further added that homosexuals should not be allowed to integrate unless they receive treatment in order to maintain public morality.
Additionally, they should only appear on media outlets to repent and admit that it is an unacceptable behavior.
Mohamed continued in his statement that this decision does not mean turning a blind eye on the ‘disease’, but rather encourage its treatment. 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.
Mohamed went on to say that what western cultures are calling for and trying to normalize cannot be applied in Egypt because the latter has a different set of social and religious basis.
In response, international rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Egypt to stop arresting and harassing homosexuals. Read more via Egyptian Streets