A popular and controversial Egyptian television talk show host has been suspended from appearing in the media for a year over remarks she made on-air about obesity among Egyptian women.
Egypt’s media regulator said Reham Saeed breached professional standards by using words and phrases that were clearly offensive to women in Egypt.
Ms Saeed’s programme on a private television channel, Al-Hayah TV, had already been suspended after saying overweight Egyptian women were‘‘burdens to their families and the state’’.
Her remarks were in line with a recent anti-obesity drive by the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, but they set off a storm of criticism.
Ms Saeed told her fans last week via Facebook and Instagram, that she was quitting was quitting as a TV anchor because of the backlash.
This is not the first time Ms Saeed has stirred controversy – in one incident she had an atheist removed from her show, even though she had been invited to discuss her atheism.