Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Egyptian “Al-Nahar” channel network announced, on Friday, that the journalist Tamer Amin had been referred for investigation, after comments described as offensive to residents of Upper Egypt and the countryside.
Amin’s comments came during his program when he approached the issue of overpopulation in Egypt, when he said that a large percentage of the people in the countryside and Upper Egypt give birth to children to support them without enrolling them in education.
Amin stated that male children are enrolled in a craft workshop when they reach the age of six, and if a girl, “the father will not prevail … in Upper Egypt, they ship the girls to Cairo to employ them as maids.”
The wave of widespread criticism across the Internet and social networks prompted the “An-Nahar” network to apologize to the citizens of the countryside and Upper Egypt, announcing that Tamer Amin was referred to the investigation, deducting his salary for a month, and placing his money with a charitable institution, according to a statement issued by the board of directors of An-Nahar channels.
Earlier on Friday, the Egyptian journalist appeared in a video clip, in which he addressed the people of Upper Egypt, saying: “You are not upset with me and I have given you a decision on my head from above.”
The Supreme Council for Media Regulation in Egypt decided to stop Tamer Amin’s program, and summon him for investigation next Sunday.
The journalist had previously issued controversial statements, which were criticized by Latif.