Egyptian TV presenter jailed over ‘immoral’ pregnancy remarks

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Egyptian talk show host Duaa Sayed Salah. ( Al Nahar TV/ YouTube)

An Egyptian television presenter has been sentenced to three years in prison after she held a televised discussion on having children outside of conventional marriage, the The New Arab website reports.

Speaking on al-Nahar TV, presenter Doaa Salah asked viewers if they had engaged in premarital sex and suggested that women could have children in brief marriages that would end shortly after the birth of their children, the report said.

Salah further suggested the husband could be paid a fee for the temporary marriage, comparing it to sperm donation, which is banned in Egypt.

Salah comments led to a public uproar, leading to a three months suspension by her employers.  Authorities later intervened, charged and convicted her of outraging public decency.

As part of her punishment, Salah was also ordered to pay compensation of 10,000 Egyptian pounds, which is equivalent to $567.

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