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  1. Brian Burton 8 Oct 2009, 6:30pm

    Ho! Ho! a lovely story of Middle-Eastern bribery and cover-ups. What do you expect? most of these Middle East Countries deal constantly in ‘hard cash’ changing hands situations! I was in Bengazi when I was twenty, the Arabs there made all sorts of offers for me to drop my pants….No I did not drop’um!

  2. A gay Arab. Never in this world. Who ever hear of such thing? lol

  3. Please feel pity and compassion for our gay brothers and sisters in Egypt. They are hideously oppressed . . . and often, as a result of that, hideously self-oppressed.

  4. Jean-Paul Bentham 8 Oct 2009, 9:20pm

    I completely agrre with Eddy.

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard of Youssef Chahine’s groundbreaking film “Alexandria…Why?”

    It was only a Winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, and is a Collector’s Item from World Classic Cinema.

    Youssef Chahine went on to write and direct two other exceptional films: “An Egyptian Story” and “Alexandia Again Forever”.

    Coming to terms with one’s homosexual orientation in Egypt is a Gordian knot compared to the easy process we go though.

  5. If any of them are in fact gay, the denunciations they’re forced to make are really sad. I’m surprised the paper’s been banned though, unless it just means the actors are very well-connected.

  6. Baher Farid 9 Oct 2009, 3:11pm

    nonsense!
    The real story is:
    Artists like Khaled Aboul Naga and Nour above are symbols of Liberal Egypt, Nagais a human rights activist and is fighting a tough war against islamist extremists for years in Egypt, He is also an AIDS awareness spokesman and UNICEF appointed him thier goodwill ambassador lately, If there was anyone fighting for liberal rights, equality, rights for those living with Aids : its Mr Naga…
    SHAME ON YOU PINKnews missing the whole point
    Mr Naga and Mr El Sherif have been falsely accused by some extremists in order to diminish their role in affecting public opinion to human rights
    The newspaper (tabloid) known to make up stories to sell more and famous for its links to extremist views,
    The news source is allegedly a police informant who fabricated details that never happened to diminish the artists’ popularity
    They claimed that the artists are being prosecuted as members of a gay prostitution ring! in a Hotel Semiramis Intercontinental ,
    For their bad luck the main two stars happened to be out of Egypt at the time of their claims
    moreover: when the artists found out about the rumor, the filed a report to The Attorney general prosecutor
    later the The Attorney general prosecutor made a statement that NONE of the allegations is true! and ordered the journalists to be investigated and later they are being sued now by the artists and the state and the Hotel they claimed it all happened
    check your sources before attacking human rights activists being framed by islamists in Egypt
    its all been very clear all over the Arabic net sources:
    check this:
    http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/967/eg3.htm

  7. Baher Farid 9 Oct 2009, 4:04pm

    some answers:

    the paper has been banned to printed in Egypt based on the grounds that they fabricated news that affects people’s life in an attempt to defame them .
    The story they fabricated even included the attorney general prosecutor personal involvement which of course turned out to be false as well.

    the real reason behind all that is no mystery if you live in Egypt and know that Mr Naga and Mr El Sherif are Human rights activists symbols
    and had great success lately changing public opinions in taboo matters specially Mr Naga in his AIDS Campaigns as unicef goodwill ambassador
    __
    on the other hand: Mr Hamdy el Wazir yesterday reported his car being smashed while he was in it! on a highway and it is claimed to be the repercussions of the false news published.
    he was in shock and the assaulters ran away with no explanation… things like that happen when

    This is UNFAIR

  8. Jean-Paul Bentham 9 Oct 2009, 6:06pm

    Baher Farid:

    Many thanks for the valuable insight.

    I live in Eastern Canada and I seldom hear news from Egypt.

    i wonder if this item made it to Human Rights Watch.

  9. It’s a good thing if a gutter paper seeking to smear public figures for no reason other than bigotry or readership statistics is reprimanded.

    However, it’s hardly the sign of a civilised society that being identified as homosexual is seen as defamatory. (Oh OK, it was apparently about prostitution not gayness, but I doubt any of us are unclear about the homophobic element here, are we?)

  10. Sarah Elnaggar 25 Oct 2009, 2:05am

    SHAME ON YOU! As for what has been published about 2 of our most important as well as art icons as well as Egyptian and Arab celebreties let alone being citizens , it makes no sense for z following reasons :

    1- Two of the actors (K Naga and Nour El Sherif) were out of the country at the time of claimed incident.
    2- Official sources (General Prosecutor ) stated that no such claimed arrests ever took place!
    3- The tabloid named Albalagh is famous for its Fake and Fabricated stories to sell more, also its being extremist (fundamentalist).
    4- The journalist (Ihab El Agamy) denied he wrote the article as published! and claimed that the Cheif Editor is the one responsible for adding names of stars to the story!, The Chief editor presented NOTHING to prove his story
    – Also z idea of zat Khaled Naga and Nour Elsherif r denying it out of self opression(The impression that Egypt is a muslim country that doesnt approve of homosexuals) is again FAKE .
    – Artists attacked by tabloid represent Liberal activists ( sp.Khaled Naga,well known for his liberal , logical as well as sensible humanitarian work and approaches), The fact is these are Brave artists, in the face of extremism and fundamentalism.
    -creating such fabricated fake stories is superficial, wasting time
    -mentioning names in fabricated stories is considered illegal if no evidence s there….so Press Council cancelled print permit of Elbalagh ( not as some sites n blogs said)….. but it s simply coz Elbalagh violated that law, zat s why it deserves to be sued and 2 be stopped as well as other procedures taken against it.
    Such reasons r more zan enough to defend our icons and push zem all z way forward …as we are completely supporting them ,and zat s wt any sensible Human wd think of………let aside zat such fake rumors hurt ppl ,whether zey r well known or not…….as well as defame zem…..hurt zeir families,fans(if famous) and whoever apprecite and love as well as respect their personal life as well as their privacies.Simply PERSONAL life s called personal, coz it has to remain personal……so no body ever has z right to accuse ppl coz of wt he sees or deduces out of superficial criteria, no body ever has z right to search for details zat r simply not of anybody’s business! or create fabricated stories and lies in an attempt to out famous loved stars that are leaders in human rights actions and do great social work just cause they are simply NOT ABIDING BY THE EXTREMIST ISLAMIST FUNDAMENTALIST LINE , SHAME ON THE NEWS and ARTICLES that totally missed the point and got carried away with the Lie and missed the whole point behind the attack of extremist shady Journalists on such symbols of inspiring liberal Egyptian icons like Khaled Naga and Nour El Shaerif
    Go on Khaled….Go on Mr Nour……..we trust u…..we believe in u ……God bless u and protect u forever.. WE ALL STAND BY YOU
    !
    This news article is ignorant nonsense!
    The real story is (from several newspapers and TV shows):
    Artists like Khaled Aboul Naga and Nour El Sherif are symbols of Liberal Egypt, Naga is a human rights activist and is fighting a tough war against islamist extremists for years in Egypt, He is also an AIDS awareness spokesman and UNICEF appointed him thier goodwill ambassador lately, If there was anyone fighting for liberal rights, equality, rights for those living with Aids : its Mr Naga…
    SHAME ON YOU
    whoever wrote such an article missing the whole point.

    Mr Naga and Mr El Sherif have been falsely accused by some extremists in order to diminish their role in affecting public opinion to human rights
    The newspaper (tabloid) known to make up stories to sell more and famous for its links to extremist views,
    The news source is allegedly a police informant (it is a known fact that there are several links with tabloids making rumors and special Government Security divisions in Egypt) who fabricated details that never happened to diminish the artists’ popularity for a reason…

    They claimed that: the artists are being prosecuted as members of a gay prostitution ring! in a Hotel Semiramis Intercontinental ,
    1) For their bad luck the main two stars happened to be out of Egypt at the time of their claims
    2) moreover: when the artists found out about the rumor, the filed a report to The Attorney general prosecutor
    later the The Attorney general prosecutor made a statement that NONE of the allegations is true! and ordered the journalists to be investigated and later they are being sued now by the artists and the state and the Hotel they claimed it all happened
    check your sources before attacking human rights activists being framed by islamists in Egypt
    its all been very clear all over the Arabic net sources:
    check this:
    http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/967/eg3.htm

    some more answers and conclusions:
    the paper has been banned to be printed in Egypt based on the grounds that they fabricated news that affects people’s life in an attempt to defame them . (The tabloid is licensed in london and financed by Libya and is still being distributed in Egypt which indicates some Security hands is behind a masterminded plan … (any Egyptian Journalist will verify that in a second)
    some: facts:

    The story they fabricated even included the attorney general prosecutor personal involvement which of course turned out to be false as well.
    the real reason behind all that is no mystery if you live in Egypt and know that Mr Naga and Mr El Sherif are Human rights activists symbols
    and had great success lately changing public opinions in taboo matters specially Mr Naga in his AIDS Campaigns as unicef goodwill ambassador
    __
    on the other hand: Mr Hamdy el Wazir yesterday reported his car being smashed while he was in it! on a highway and it is claimed to be the repercussions of the false news published.
    he was in shock and the assaulters ran away with no explanation… things like that happen when

    This is UNFAIR for all:
    Later in 90min TV talk show, The Balagh cheif editor M Maghraby slipped a horrible fact: That he never had any piece of proof before printing, then He asked Adel Hammouda (another Tabloid Chief Editot with links to Security Police in cairo) that he gets him any proof!
    We are facing a a scenario to defame stars to protect someone else! just google the net in Arabic and English for Gamal Mubarak and another piece of the puzzle appears very clear:
    Here is what I think has happened:
    1) Gamal Mubarak rumors that he is gay became out of control on the net, the Security police in charge of protecting him and preparing for his election as president in 2011 thinks of a plan:
    2) find and target artists are Gay friendly, hopefully played gay characters as well, Fabricate a story of their bust in some ring.. make it big in the news,
    3) later after a big news and TV noise so all people knows the story..
    4) claim that the srtists bribed the police! to get off, (so the truth is gone forever) many people will believe that knowing the level of corruption in Egypt, and it makes the artists not being able to defend themselves!
    5) measure the public reaction
    6) Clear on afinal episode the names of the artists..
    7) RESULT: public will not believe all the sites claiming Gamal Mubarak is gay… the son of the president being groomed now to be the president in 2011…
    Voila….

    Baher Farid, Egypt

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